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
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: www.lexapro.com
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.