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Re: why is LEXAPRO better than CELEXA??

Posted by KathrynLex on January 26, 2004, at 15:41:05

In reply to why is LEXAPRO better than CELEXA??, posted by smittay17 on January 26, 2004, at 15:16:46

Hi Smittay,

I've never been on Celexa, but Lexapro has been wonderful for my depression/anxiety. I've heard it's more potent than Celxa and has fewer side effects.

The following is from the manufacturers website:

LEXAPRO is an antidepressant that is the newest member of the family of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). LEXAPRO was developed by isolating a part of the CELEXATM (citalopram HBr) molecule, known as an isomer. As a result, LEXAPRO appears to offer some particular advantages in the treatment of depression:

In clinical trials, LEXAPRO 10 mg/day demonstrated comparable efficacy to a higher dose of CELEXA 40 mg/day.

LEXAPRO significantly improved depression for many patients beginning at week 1 or 2 (full antidepressant effect may take 4 to 6 weeks).

LEXAPRO effectively treats anxiety symptoms associated with depression.

At 10 mg/day, overall incidence of side effects and drop-out rates due to adverse events were comparable to placebo.

Simple 10 mg/day starting dose for all patients.

If you want calm and sedated without weight gain I would say Lexapro is a safe bet. Lex has killed my appetite and my anxiety has all but vanished.

I haven't tried Luvox, but other anti anxiety meds I've tried are: Paxil, Xanax, Klonopin and Lorazepam. The last three I mentioned are benzos. I take them as needed and they really do the trick for anxiety. I've heard they're addictive...but Klonopin is thought of as being the "gold standard" for combating anxiety.




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