Lexapro vs. Celexa
Both Lexapro and Celexa are approved for the treatment of depression. However, only Lexapro is approved to treat anxiety. This does not mean that Celexa will not work for anxiety or that your healthcare provider cannot prescribe Celexa for anxiety; it just means that Celexa has not been adequately studied for anxiety treatment.
Another difference between Celexa and Lexapro is that Celexa is available as a generic, while Lexapro is not.Finally, many people find that Lexapro works for them when Celexa does not (or the other way around). If Lexapro works for you, this does not necessarily mean that Celexa will also work for you (and the opposite is true).
Regarding the effectiveness of the two medicines, some studies have suggested that Lexapro may be more effective than Celexa for depression treatment, while others have not found significant differences between these two medications.
While Lexapro and Celexa are very similar chemically, there are a few important differences. Lexapro and Celexa are not interchangeable, and they are not approved for all of the same uses. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider about any other questions you may have about the differences between Lexapro and Celexa.