I use Lexapro and wondering if they are the same.
Hi, Slc! No, Celexa (citalopram) and Lexapro (escitalopram) are like cousins ~ very similar in some ways but very different in others. They are not the same drug.
Best wishes, Wildcat
They are similar. The difference is Celexa has a mixture of 'R' and 'S' enantiomers which are mirror images of each other, while Lexapro only has 'S' enantiomers. 'S' enantiomers tend to work better and apparently don't cause as many side effects as the 'R' enantiomers.
I could've explained it better and simpler 10 years ago.
That's why Lexapro was developed and was basically made to replace Celexa.
You may want to look up Enantiomer in Wikipedia to understand it better.
Hi, they are both SSRI's, Citalopram is used more commonly in the treatment of depression and Lexapro (Escitalopram) is used more commonly when treating anxiety. They are considered 'sister' medications
Sic; Have to keep it simple like the post that says they are related but they are different drugs and also our systems are different and what works great for one person does nothing for another but you do have to stick with them long enough to see which is going to work for you. The one good thing about Celexa it peaks out and you should know if you are getting any results out of it within a month where Lexapro can take from 6 to 8 weeks to reach the right blood level.And both of these may give you side effects when you first start them but many of those go away within 1 to 2 weeks at most. Not everyone has that many side effects but you might just so you know and can report them to your doctor.But for sure they are different enough if you have tried one it is worth trying the other to see how you do.
Is citalopram and Lexapro the same or used for the same problem
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