|US brand name: Celexa|
|Generic name: citalopram|
Celexa’s Pros and Cons
- Works well on the combination of depression with OCD and/or SAnD-types of anxiety.
- Your insurance company may actually be right if they insist on your trying generic citalopram for your first med. Unless your doctor has a better idea, and/or you’ve used antidepressants in the past, especially SSRIs, just by playing the numbers Celexa is more likely to work (and suck less) than any other AD on the market.
- Generic citalopram is as good as Lexapro for most people.
- Basically, it’s the current King of all Antidepressants.
- If it does happen, the weight gain can be bad for an SSRI.
- Your insurance company might still insist you try it even if you’ve failed two other SSRIs previously.
- Not all generics are created equal.
Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Celexa
For whatever reason, it’s a good med to switch to if the SSRI you’re already taking stops working or sucks too much. A study with Prozac and another with Paxil correspond to the anecdotal evidence I’ve come across. So in addition to being the best first med to try - unless you have specific symptoms that indicate an SSRI isn’t a way to go in the first place - it’s also the best second med to try.
Best Known for
Being the first drug most doctors prescribe for depression.