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Old 04-16-2004, 08:54 PM   #1
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Can you take Lexapro & Celexa at same time? Switching to Lexapro.

My pdoc wants me to switch from Celexa to Lexapro. I'm currently on 20mg Celexa, and he suggested I start at 2 l/2 mg of Lexapro (tried staring it at 5mg last year and I had a bad reaction). He wants me to remain on the Celexa at the same time I start the Lexapro, and titrate off of the Celexa. So yesterday I started the Lexapro (2 l/2 mg), and last night I was wired with heart palpations, chills, a bit of a nervous stomach and anxiety. So I did a search today, and read where you're NOT suppose to take these two drugs at the same time, even though they are almost identical (having mirroring isomers). Anyone take them both at once (if you were switching from Celexa)? I need help on this one!

 
Old 04-16-2004, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: Can you take Lexapro & Celexa at same time? Switching to Lexapro.

I have read also that you should not take these two drugs together. I would call my pharmacist and ask them. Also, if you have Bipolar disorder, these two drugs can cause/set off mania.

 
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Old 04-18-2004, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Can you take Lexapro & Celexa at same time? Switching to Lexapro.

Anyone else? I'm desparate to find out if anyone has taken these at the same time? My pdoc says to stay on 20 mg Celexa and introduce 2.5mg, and slowly work off of the Celexa while building the Lexapro, but I just felt awful when doing this.

 
Old 04-18-2004, 06:01 PM   #4
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Re: Can you take Lexapro & Celexa at same time? Switching to Lexapro.

just out of curiosity, how has celexa been for you? ive never been on lexapro, but just about everything else. im curious how celexa has worked for other people. i was on it for over a year, and felt pretty good. went off it 2 months ago, because i was SO tired, and felt i had gained weight (20lbs) which shocked me! im feeling better-----more energy since i went off it. i was just wondering.

 
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Re: Can you take Lexapro & Celexa at same time? Switching to Lexapro.

The reason you shouldn't take them at the same time is that it increases the risk of "Serotonin Syndrome." Tell your doctor that is what you are concerned about. It might be that it's not a risk at the dosage levels you are at.
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