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Is Lexapro or Celexa better for anxiety?

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Posted on Wed, 15 Apr 2015
Question: Is celexa or lexapro better for generalized anxiety disorder?
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
lexapro is better than celexa for GAD

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for writing to us.
Celexa contains cetalopram and lexapro contains escitalopram.

Lexapro is approved drug for Generalized anxiety disorder(GAD) by FDA while Celexa is not approved though it is used for GAD off label.

Lexapro is better in terms of metabolism, side effect and effectiveness than celexa in GAD.

In conclusion lexapro is better than celexa for GAD.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr.Chintan Solanki.
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Brief Answer: lexapro is better than celexa for GAD Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. Celexa contains cetalopram and lexapro contains escitalopram. Lexapro is approved drug for Generalized anxiety disorder(GAD) by FDA while Celexa is not approved though it is used for GAD off label. Lexapro is better in terms of metabolism, side effect and effectiveness than celexa in GAD. In conclusion lexapro is better than celexa for GAD. Hope I have answered your query. Regards, Dr.Chintan Solanki.