What are the differences in side effects between celexa and lexapro (escitalopram)?

They are siblings. Citalopram or Celexa is an antidepressant that works on increasing serotonin in the brain synapses. Citalopram has both left and right handed molecules as most compounds do. Escitalopram or Lexapro iis made of only one half of the molecules seen with citalopram. And so is thought to perhaps cause fewer side effects. This is why 10mg of escitalopram is equivalent to 20mg of citalopram.
Lexapro (escitalopram) Lexapro (escitalopram) is isomers of celexa, with fewer side effects and better tolerability.
Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) Celexa is citalopram and Lexapro (escitalopram) is ecitalopram, they are related and very similar. Much of the time there is an individual preference of one or the other and it is important to determine which one is personally preferred. Generally Lexapro (escitalopram) is slightly preferred and Celexa was recently shown at high doses to have a risk of cardiac arrhythmia.

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Is it true that if I have no side effects with lexapro, (escitalopram) I should have none with celexa? For $$ reasons, I'm thinking of switching.

Lexapro/Celexa. Possible since every person's tolerance differs from another. When Lexapro (escitalopram) first came out, it was the improved form of celexa, with less stomach & bowel side-effects, but I have seen patients that did not tolerate Lexapro (escitalopram) & did ok on celexa. Also bear in ming, Celexa recently came out in generic form which is cheaper than the brand name. Your doctor can give you good suggestions regarding switch.
No.. In spite of the similarities of the two medications, the side effects are specific to the patient and may be quite different.
Possibly. Lexapro (escitalopram) is an improved version of Celexa but the later may work as well for you.

Is it safe to transition directly from 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) back to 10 mg of celexa? My panic has been out of control on this dose/med due to side effects

Ok to switch. They are both SSRIs (drug class) so I can say it is okay to switch your medication from Lexapro (escitalopram) to Celexa. But my drug of choice for panic disorder is Paroxetine. But then, discuss it with your psychiatrist. Medication alone does not help most of the time.

What really is the difference between celexa and lexapro (escitalopram)....I'm familiar with the 'mirror image' marketing but is there really a difference?

Celexa vs. Lexapro (escitalopram) Celexa is a ssri. Although it is structurally unrelated to the other ssris, citalopram is a potent reuptake inhibitor of 5-ht. Compared to the other ssri's, citalopram is a relatively weak inhibitor of the cytochrome p-450 enzyme system. Celexa is used in ocd and panic disorder. Lexapro is a newer ssri and is not approved by fda for treating ocd or panic disorder.

What is the difference between Lexapro (escitalopram) and celexa?

Lexapro (escitalopram) is more pure. Some chemicals, like Celexa have 2 forms which are mirror images of each other. (like your hands) chemists wil refer to them as left or right sided versions. While Celexa includes both forms, Lexapro (escitalopram) only contains one (the left handed version). Since these drugs act on receptors in the nervous system, like keys in a lock, the right and left handed molecules have some different effects.
Lexapro (escitalopram) Agree with my colleague. Also, the left half is associated with efficacy & right half with side-effects, so it is claimed that Lexapro (escitalopram) is tolerated better than celexa.

Are celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) each good for different conditions?

No. Celexaand Lexapro (escitalopram) are used for the same conditions. However, some people who cannot tolerate one because of side effects may tolerate the other.
Essentially same. Some pts tolerate and/or like one better than the other Celexa (citalopram) is cheaper but they treat the same disorders.
Celexa vs Lexapro (escitalopram) Lexapro (escitalopram) is the active metabolite of celexa. When you take celexa, your body breaks it down to lexapro (escitalopram). Celexa is much less expensive as it is generic. 20 mgs of Lexapro (escitalopram) is about the same ad 40-60 mgs of celexa.