There are three different strengths available for generic Celexa tablets: 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg. The generic version of liquid Celexa, which is sold under the name Citalopram oral solution, is available in only one strength -- 10 mg per 5 mL. The FDA has given all of the generic versions an "AB" rating, meaning they are equivalent to the brand-name versions.
Generic Celexa: An Overview
Celexa® (citalopram hydrobromide) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is part of a group of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Celexa was first manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals. However, it has since come off patent and is available as a generic.
Strengths of Generic Celexa
Generic Celexa tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Citalopram 10 mg tablets
- Citalopram 20 mg tablets
- Citalopram 40 mg tablets.
Generic Celexa liquid is available in one strength -- Citalopram oral solution 10 mg per 5 mL (equal to 10 mg per teaspoonful).
Who Makes It?
Generic Celexa is made by more than 10 different companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Ivax Pharmaceuticals, and Watson Laboratories.
Is Generic Citalopram as Good as Celexa?
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic citalopram versions that are currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Celexa.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. These might include fillers or dyes or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.