lexapro vs celexa

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   Posted 7/19/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible that these two drugs, which are supposedly the same or VERY similar, could have different effects on someone? I had been on 10mg of Lexapro for about two months and I felt great. I even joined a yoga class and went out bowling and kind of made a new friend, which hadn't even been possible before due to my social anxiety. But when my sample packs ran up and I went to fill the prescription a week or so ago, I found out that Lexapro isn't covered by my insurance, so they switched me to the generic of Celexa, at 20mg.

But these past few days, I've been more irritable than I've been in ages, I'm crying at the drop of a dime like before, and I just don't feel like doing ANYTHING. It's like I'm not even on medication again. Could this be because I switched to a different medication and I'm just getting used to it? Or is it possible I need a dosage adjustment? I've made an appointment with my doctor but since I'll be in Florida till the middle of next week visiting my parents, I can't get in to see her until July 30th. *sigh*

Today I just feel like quitting my stupid job and moving back to Florida. I hate everything and everyone and I don't even feel like dealing with it and trying to make it better. I just feel like running away.

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   Posted 7/19/2007 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

I dont know huge amounts but I do know that different drugs will affect people in different ways. Since everyones body chemistry is different, there are different amounts of various chemicals that that drug interacts with. This may cause 2 very silimar drugs to behave differently in the same person.


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   Posted 8/2/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on both Celexa and Lexapro, in addition to doing the prozac, wellbutin, effexor, paxil, zoloft thing. I PERSONALLY have found that lexapro works the best for me - with the least amount of side effects.
What about getting a bunch of samples from your Dr? My co-pay is expensive so my Dr. helps me out with lots of samples. You can try and fight the insurance company (which is stressful and depressing by itself) once you have shown you can't take anything else.
Good Luck

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   Posted 8/2/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all- that is funny as I had been on Celexa (after managing sx for many years successfully w/o medication intervention) and was a different person a week later. It literally changed my life.  I went off because I was "feeling better" and went several months w/o it.  Then, I got whacked again with an episode of panic that lasted forever. I called my MD and he put me on lexapro which I had requested as it had been touted as the newest and better med. NOTHING happened.  There was no change. I switched over to Celexa again and was back on track. I think it has to do with body chemistry maybe. Anyway, glad you found something that works. Good luck.

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   Posted 8/2/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
It takes about a month for the new drug to work. I usually have a few of bad weeks when changing meds. I used to take Lexapro and was switched to Celexa. I also take Remeron at night. Give the Celexa time, 4 to 6 weeks, to work. Call your doctor if it gets real bad though.

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