Is Lexapro the same as Celexa?
The short answer is they are basically the same. The Long answer, they are very similar, but not exactly the same. Escitalopram, which is the trade/brand name of Lexapro is a “purer” form of Celexa (generically known as Citalopram). Lexapro (i.e. Escitalopram) is the (S) enatntiomer of racemic Citalopram (i.e. Celexa). In chemistry, enantiomers are compounds (such as crystals or molecules) which are non-superimposable mirror images of each other. They share the same molecular formula and sequence of bonded atoms, but differ structurally. The chemical formula (i.e. recipe) of both Lexipro and Celexa is the same: C20 H21 F N2 0 (20 carbons, 21 hydrogens, 1 fluorine, 2 nitrogens, and 1 oxygen molecule). But the way they are assembled is slightly different. Your hands (and feet) are examples of Enantiomers. Left and right hands are "the same" but opposite in their structure. Enantiomers have the same chemical and physical properties (such as melting points, boiling points, heat of combustion etc.), but the way they interact may be different. The left handed molecule may be more potent than the right. Maybe the right handed molecule does not work at all. In some cases one molecule may even be harmful, while the enantiomer is beneficial. Think about how your feet feel if you put them in the wrong shoes. You can wear a left shoe on your right foot or a left glove on your right hand, but it won’t fit well. In chemistry, a racemic mixture is a mix of both left- and right-handed molecules. Getting back to Lexapro vs Celexa. Celexa is a mix of both R-citalopram & S-citalopram. While Lexapro is just S-citalopram. In studies, Lundbeck, the pharmaceutical company which makes both Celexa and Lexapro showed that the S-citalopram molecule has a higher affinity for the serotonin receptor. So by removing the R-citalopram from the mixture, Lundbeck created a more efficient drug. In theory, a smaller dose of Lexipro would have the same effect as a larger dose of Celexa. In reality, pharmaceutical companies do this to extend the market life and squeeze as much profit out of a drug. The patent for Celexa expired in 2003, so Lundbeck “purified” Celexa and were able to re-patent the formula as a new drug, Lexapro. The patent for Lexapro expires in 2012. Although Lundbeck showed Lexapro works (a little) better than Celexa (and gained a new patent) most independent “real life” studies (i.e. asking humans, not following monkeys in a lab) show Celexa works pretty much just as well as Lexapro. I tried to be concise without being confusing. It is very similar in nature, yes. As a matter of fact, Lexapro is sort of "the better half" of Celexa, litteraly. It is the most potent part of what is found in celexa which is why smaller a dose is necessary to achieve same effect generally speaking. You can also expect less side effects from Lexapro (although Celexa already is one of the antidepressant with the less side effects available). Ultimately, they do the same job though.
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What is Lexapro used for . Lexapro is one of a group of antidepressants that have similar actions. These are called the "SSRI" group, and they are used for simple uncomplicated types of depression, or in combination with other medication for less common types of depression. . Sometimes they are us…ed for unofficial "off-label"problems, such as for hot flashes or anxiety. For all medicines, "Off-label" reasons for prescribing them are those that weren't approved by the FDA when the drug was licensed, but are sometimes helped by it and are prescribed anyway. ( Full Answer )
You have moved to a new country that does not sell Lexapro is there an alternative that has the same ingredients?
Celexa is very similar to Lexapro one is Citalopram and the other Escitalopram. lexapro is newer and supposed to have fewer side effects but Celexa is helpful and similar to Lexapro.
ANSWER: . No. Lexapro is a antidepressant. Acyclovir is a either a topical gel for external application, or in pill form for the internal control of the herpes zoster virus. (Herpes simplex II) Its antiviral.
I think so. Aren't they for different symptoms? The side affect would be it just makes you very tired. Answer I think so. Aren't they for different symptoms? The side affect would be it just makes you very tired. they are for different symptoms
I was prescribed Celexa last year and have not taken it since. Is it still ok for me to take the same ones a year later?
Answer . Answer There should be an expiry date marked on the box but if there isn't I wouldn't take them as they are a year old and may not have the same effect as they would have had last year.
I just saw my Dr. Today because I am switching from Lexapro to Prozac because of weight gain on Lexapro. This is coming from my Dr. You MUST NOT MIX LEXAPRO and PROZAC. They are not compatible chemically. You must allow at least 3 or more days for the one drug to "wash out" of your system before you… start the new one. You may need more time than that. Confirm this with your Dr. ( Full Answer )
These medications can be taken together, but there is a chance forinteractions. The Xanax and Cozaar can decrease blood pressure; sowatch for headaches, dizziness, and changes in heart rate. Xanaxand Lexapro together can increase the side effects of dizziness,drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating…. If you are having anyproblems or concerns about side effects, check with your doctor. ( Full Answer )
Lexapro is a widely prescribed antidepressant. Lexapro is notaddictive but can have some side effects like fatigue and insomnia.
Celexa is an anti-depressant prescription. SAMe is used to treatosteoarthritis, and is considered a nutraceutical product. Whilethese offer no contraindications, it is best to consult with thepharmacist.
No. Lexapro is not a barbiturate. No, Lexapro does not contain barbituates. Lexapro is an anti-depressant and is non-addictive. Lexapro is approved to treat depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
I did this once. Say you are taking 10mg of Lexapro daily. Do a week first of 10mg one day, 5mg the next, 10 mg, 5, 10, 5, etc. Then, do a week of taking all 5mg. Then, do a week of taking 5mg, 0, 5, 0, 5, etc. Then you will likely be ok being off it! I had really bad side effects during the 0-5-…0-5 week. To make it easier, I added another week of 0-0-5-0-0-5. That helped me! To get 5mg, either get a pill-splitter or use a knife and cut them in half. Good luck and take your time! :-). Tom - Everything I have read suggests a much slower weaning process to avoid withdrawal sysmptoms. Also, avoid alcohol while weaning. ( Full Answer )
Please see the related question below. You will find all kinds of experiences and advice there around withdrawal from Lexapro.
I was taking 60mg Cymbalta for 3 weeks to combat my depression and anxiety. The cymbalta was not effective and doc just prescribed Lexapro and Ativan.. Answer #2. Lexapro and Ativan is the greatest combination I've been on for my anxiety and panic attacks (and I've been on A LOT of stuff), but to …answer your question, yes they can be taken together ( Full Answer )
It is inadvisable to take any medications at the same time as alcohol. In some people, dangerous reactions such as seizures can be the result.
Lexapro and Buspar are medications used to treat depression andanxiety. They should never be taken together, since they can floodthe brain with serotonin, which can cause seizures and heartproblems.
I experienced sever trembling and increased sleeping problems when getting off Celexa. Work with your doctor to ween yourself off it.
My Dr just changed me from 20mg of Lexapro to 60 mg of cymbalt. I have been on Lexapro for years He put me just with in one week 60 MG OF Cymbalta. They are checking for fybromyajiga.
It's an antidepressant used to treat major depression, anxiety/panic attacks. As a former user, I wouldn't recommend it unless you really need it. I experienced horrible trembling side effects when on it, and the withdrawal was worse.
no!! take at least 2hrs apart if you have filled these meds. at a paharmancy they give you printed instructions or should have tagged them for a counsel consult
I took Lexapro for one day (1 20mg pill) and never felt so sick in my life...had horrible jaw tremors that turned into a gag reflex and nausea, dizziness, shakiness, just a general nasty feeling. I thought if one pill does this to me, what will happen if I keep taking it? So I stopped after reading …the horror stories of so many who have taken this awful drug. And like so many, my doctor told me there were minimal side effects!! A few days later, after one pill, I've been experiencing hives and swollen lymph nodes in my neck and groin. Has anyone else noticed this?? Thanks. ( Full Answer )
I would not automatically say YES in this situation. Celexa is a SSRI Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor; which may cause drowsiness. Methadone is a synthetic narcotic, which (Besides being used for pain at the Spinal Cord level, & Used to treat Heroin addict) is a Central Nervous System Depr…essant. I've seen the combination of the two, medicines, cause many a person, to fall into deep sleep cycles, which they will wake up for only to eat, drink and use the bathroom. They become listless, depressed, and having not brought this to their Doctors' attention, might attempt suicide. I would suggest anyone on Methadone, discuss their feelings with their MD and other doctors. Let them know how you feel after 4 weeks (Which is the length of time it takes Celexa to become effective.) ( Full Answer )
A variety of ailments including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, and even hot flashes.
ABSOULTLY NOT! I have been taking Lexapro for about 10 years, and also Xanax for the same amount of time. Lexapro is a controler medication, and Xanax is short lived in the system, Lexapro takes about 3 weeks to enter the system, when Xanex takes about 15 minutes. Lexapro is used to control GAD whe…n Xanax is used when an anxiety attack is happening. Think of the 2 as asthma medication. Lexapro is the Advair (Controler) and Xanax is The Albuterol (Emergency) Hope this helps ( Full Answer )
I am thinking of switching from lexapro to Celexa' is there any difference I was told by my pharmacist it is the same drug?
The short answer is they are basically the same. \n. \nIf cost/money is an issue, go with Celexa. If your meds are covered by insurance, or you don't mind paying the higher price, go with Lexapro.\n. \nThe Long answer, they are very similar, but not exactly the same.\n. \nEscitalopram, which is …the trade/brand name of Lexapro is a âpurerâ form of Celexa (generically known as Citalopram).\nLexapro (i.e. Escitalopram) is the (S) enatntiomer of racemic Citalopram (i.e. Celexa).\n. \nIn chemistry, enantiomers are compounds (such as crystals or molecules) which are non-superimposable mirror images of each other. They share the same molecular formula and sequence of bonded atoms, but differ structurally.\n. \nThe chemical formula (i.e. recipe) of both Lexipro and Celexa is the same: C20 H21 F N2 0 (20 carbons, 21 hydrogens, 1 fluorine, 2 nitrogens, and 1 oxygen molecule). But the way they are assembled is slightly different.\n. \nYour hands (and feet) are examples of Enantiomers. Left and right hands are "the same" but opposite in their structure.\n. \nEnantiomers have the same chemical and physical properties (such as melting points, boiling points, heat of combustion etc.), but the way they interact may be different. The left handed molecule may be more potent than the right. Maybe the right handed molecule does not work at all. In some cases one molecule may even be harmful, while the enantiomer is beneficial. \n. \nThink about how your feet feel if you put them in the wrong shoes. You can wear a left shoe on your right foot or a left glove on your right hand, but it wonât fit well.\nIn chemistry, a racemic mixture is a mix of both left- and right-handed molecules.\n. \nGetting back to Lexapro vs Celexa. Celexa is a mix of both R-citalopram & S-citalopram. While Lexapro is just S-citalopram.\n. \nIn studies, Lundbeck, the pharmaceutical company which makes both Celexa and Lexapro showed that the S-citalopram molecule has a higher affinity for the serotonin receptor. So by removing the R-citalopram from the mixture, Lundbeck created a more efficient drug. In theory, a smaller dose of Lexipro would have the same effect as a larger dose of Celexa.\n. \nIn reality, pharmaceutical companies do this to extend the market life and squeeze as much profit out of a drug. The patent for Celexa expired in 2003, so Lundbeck âpurifiedâ Celexa and were able to re-patent the formula as a new drug, Lexapro. The patent for Lexapro expires in 2012.\n. \nAlthough Lundbeck showed Lexapro works (a little) better than Celexa (and gained a new patent) most independent âreal lifeâ studies (i.e. asking humans, not following monkeys in a lab) show Celexa works pretty much just as well as Lexapro. \n. \nI tried to be concise without being confusing. ( Full Answer )
My dad died because of that combo. I wouldn't recommend it. It gave him Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, which led to arterial fibrillation, which lead to a massive heart attack.
probably not, if a person abuses lexapro and takes more than the required dose they can have a seretonergic storm (seretonin syndrome) which can be deadly.
You should never take 2 lexapro at the same time. I did once because, well never mind, and its just not good for you. One is supposed to make your emotions stable but taking more than one is a huge body hazard. Please don't do it even just as some type of experiment. Drugs are not a joke. Thank you.… ( Full Answer )
That would be a question to ask either a pharmacist or a physician. DO NOT TRY TO TAKE AT THE SAME TIME!!!! ASK A PHYSICIAN FIRST!!!!!!!!
It depends, if you are getting sick after missing doses that is from withdraw. However if you mean vomiting after taking Celexa there are a few reasons that may be happening. If you take Celexa first thing in the morning or with an empty stomach that may be the problem and simply eating before takin…g Celexa will fix the problem. It is possible that your body just can't handle Celexa or it interacts with some other medication in which case you should see your doctor immediately. ( Full Answer )
No, Lexapro is in a completely different family of medications than that of adderal. Lexapro is what is referred to as a SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) - In short it allows more free Serotonin to flow through your brains neurons (synapse's) for more efficient use. Bottom line it is… an anti-depressant with zero recreational value. Adderal is a completely different medication all together. Adderal is used very much in ADD/ADHD disorder. This is a psychostimulant, which might be confused as an antidepressant in the effects.. :) -- But it is far from it. It works on increasing Norepinephrine and Dopamine in the brain to promote focus/concentration and limit fatigue in the user. ( Full Answer )
I have been on both before , and took Wellbutrin to start my day, and Celexa was taken when I went to bed. The drugs work on different neurotransmitters and work better taken at different times.
Lexapro is an extremely dangerous mind altering drug which should be avoided at all costs.
No. Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is in the class of antidepressants called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).
No. Celexa is a specific serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant. It does not release dopamine (which is involved in the reward system - and which drugs like opiates, cocaine, and stimulants affect quite strongly, for instance).
Yes, this is OK. Remember, though, that your mood disorder makes you more likely to be addicted to things. Be careful with Vicodin because it is habit forming. Take it just as the doctor said and don't take extra.
SAM-e should be fine with an antidepressant. It is going to interact with other hormone medications. Lexapro will be OK to take. Remember to take your Lexapro every day even if you don't feel you need it!
Wellbutrin and celexa are two different drugs. Celexa is a good drug for anxiety and welbutrin is better to counter the effects of high anxiety drugs which can make you almost comatose. Wellbbutrin can cause people with anxiety nightmares so be careful with that one.
it is an SSRI drug, thus it forces the body to produce more serotonin rather than allow the re-uptake of it to the brain.
No. Xanax is a benzodiazepine. If they're testing for benzos and you're doing Xanax, you're busted. Celexa is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor--an antidepressant. They look different to a drug test.
it is safe to be on all these medications at the same time; however, you should take your synthroid by itself, on an empty stomach, at least one hour before a meal to fully absorb it. the others are fine to take all at once. personally, i take my synthroid first thing in the mornng, mvi with breakfa…st, and lexapro at bedtime. ( Full Answer )
Of course not. Lexapro is an SSRI used to treat anxiety and depression, while Adderall is used to treat ADHD and is a stimulant. Also it can take a week or so to have actual effects of Lexapro, while you'll be able to feel the effects of Adderall minutes later.
If you are looking to use HCG for weight loss , make sure you check with your doctor before discontinuing any medication. In terms of will lexapro affect weight loss on the HCG protocol, the answer is "maybe." Some medications can interfere with the protocol - but all this would mean is potentially… slower losses. If you are concerned about the HCG affecting the effectiveness of the lexapro, you will need to check with your doctor. HCG is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced normally during both pregnancy and normal menstrual cycles. ( Full Answer )
best thing u will ever do is call the museum of phycology in Hollywood and watch the vids on youtube. they will answer ur questions but i also want to tell you the truth most all phyc meds are spped, coke or heroine do ur research! good luck. our govern is pretty lame they are making billions off of… a diagnosis that cant be studied in ur brain. there is no way to prove u have a mental illness notice theres no tests like we have when we test our hearts and our lungs and well my point is no test can study that so called illness in ur brain it is a lie to make billions off of killing us... im simply stating facts i am a medical biller i know some things jut b careful and do notice how when u take them u get more depressed. ( Full Answer )
Can you take adderall lexapro lamictal all same time I was perscribed lexapro and lamictal from same dr. then i went to diet dr. he perscribed adderall for weight loss i didnt tell him bout lex lami?
i know you can do lexapro and adderall at the same time since i am personal prescribed to both. I am not sure what lamictal is though. Just try to take the adderall in the morning and take the lexapro at night since they would work against each other and would cause more than needed stess on your li…ver. ( Full Answer )
During concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect t…hem, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities.. The related link also states to monitor the central nervous system- and/or respiratory-depressant for effects that may be additively or synergistically increased in patients taking multiple drugs that cause these effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients. It is labeled a moderate interaction. ( Full Answer )
i am not a doctor and, i would suggest checking with an MD psychiatrist on this one. it has been my experience that med-to-med interactions are very important to take a look at, and can be very harmful to the mind and body if meds are taken improperly. especially, if a combination of meds are taken …improperly.... bottom line, check with an MD psychiatrist (if you don't already have one, find one and find a really good one that you like a lot) and ask him or her not only if you can take xanax and celexa at the same time but can you take xanax, celexa and the OTHER MEDS that you are currently taking ALSO at the same time. THAT is the most important part - checking ALL of the meds that you are taking and the med-to-med interaction of ALL of the meds. Thanks for reading this! ( Full Answer )
Celexa[Citalopram] is an anti depressant drug of the SSRI[selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor] class. No opiate in it at all.Your answer is no.
There are some troublesome combinations on that list. Discuss the matter with your pharmacist and your primary care provider.
Celexa is an SSRI commonly used to treat depression. Whether it isbad for you is debatable among users and the medical community anddepends largely on your individual body and how you take themedicine. Possible side effects include anxiety, restlessness,chest pain, weight loss, unusual bleeding and …unusual bruising. ( Full Answer )
Common Celexa alternatives include psychotherapy, alternativetherapies, electroconvulsive therapy, and other antidepressants.Medication alternatives to Celexa may include other SSRIs, SNRIs,or MAOIs.