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  • Celexa vs Lexapro

    Just an FYI
    When I my GP put me on Celexa for depression/anxiety/ and hopefully some pain relief, I asked her about Lexapro, because I noticed that many here are trying that and I don't see many trying Celexa. She said that now that there is a generic of Celexa (CHEAP) they came out with Lexapro (No generic, so expensive), and the chemical makeup is very very similar. She said they changed one small thing about the formula, to make it safer for older patients to take, and that Celexa is so similar that she always tries to prescribe that first, so as not to put any extra financial burden on her patients. Anyway, that's whe she told me. Just passing the info on. I tried if for a while, but it didn't do anything for my anxiety, though it did help some with the depression. But I get better relief with Prozac for depression, so I'm back on that now.
    Actually when you google Celexa's main homepage it takes you straight to Lexapro's website, and then there is a link to Celexa's site.

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    I see you are taking Elavil (low dosis) and also Prozac. Have you tried Effexor (SNRI antidresant) or Paxil (SSRI antidepresant) to help treat your depression? The reason I mention these 2 names are b/c I've heard some people with VV take them and helps them with depression AND Pain.
    Right now I'm on 5mg to 10mg of Elavil to help with the pain. But I'm looking for an antidepressant to treat my depression.
    Is it ok to take Elavil AND another type of antidepressant at the same time to treat your depression?
    I get different answers and I'm waiting for my appointment with a doctor in 1 month to have these questions clarified. However I have the hunch he may not be familiarized with vulvodynia, IC etc so I'm trying to do my research prior to that visit.
    Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
    UTIs since mid 2004
    Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
    IC dx 3/2006
    V V dx 12/2006
    Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.

    Current IC medications:
    Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
    Cysta Q (since 5/07)
    Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
    D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
    Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
    Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
    Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis

    Past Meds and why I stopped them:
    Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
    Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
    Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

    Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
    BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.

    "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"