Luvox vs. Celexa

Are Luvox and Celexa the Same Thing?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) and Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants used to treat depression.

Luvox is also used to treat social anxiety disorder (social phobia) and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Side effects of Luvox and Celexa that are similar include nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, sore throat, dizziness, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia or unusual dreams), increased sweating decreased sex drive, or trouble having an orgasm.

Side effects of Luvox that are different from Celexa include loss of appetite, gas, weakness, yawning, anxiety, skin rash, heavy menstrual periods, muscle pain, and abnormal ejaculation.

Side effects of Celexa that are different from Luvox include constipation, upset stomach, impotence, tiredness, increased urination, weight changes, and cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or cough.

Both Luvox and Celexa may interact with alcohol, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotics, muscle relaxers, sedatives, or medicines for anxiety, depression, or seizures), lithium, St. John's wort, tramadol, L-tryptophan, blood thinners, stomach acid reducers, migraine headache medications, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

Luvox may also interact with clopidogrel, diuretics (water pills), methadone, tacrine, theophylline, heart or blood pressure medications.

Celexa may also interact with tacrolimus, arsenic trioxide, vandetanib, antibiotics, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medications, HIV or AIDS medications, and medicines to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting.

Do not stop using Celexa suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Luvox?

Common side effects of Luvox include:

  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • gas,
  • dry mouth,
  • sore throat,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • weakness,
  • yawning,
  • anxiety,
  • sleep problems (insomnia or unusual dreams),
  • increased sweating,
  • skin rash,
  • heavy menstrual periods,
  • muscle pain,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • abnormal ejaculation, or
  • trouble having an orgasm.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Celexa?

Common side effects of Celexa include:

  • constipation,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • upset stomach,
  • decreased sexual desire,
  • impotence,
  • difficulty having an orgasm,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • tiredness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • dry mouth,
  • increased sweating or urination,
  • weight changes, and cold symptoms such as stuffy nose,
  • sneezing, sore throat, or
  • cough.

What Is Luvox?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant used to treat social anxiety disorder (social phobia) or obsessive-compulsive disorders.

What Is Celexa?

Celexa is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider. Celexa is also used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting better with Celexa treatment.

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What Drugs Interact With Luvox?

Luvox may interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicines, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety, depression, or seizures), clopidogrel, diuretics (water pills), lithium, methadone, omeprazole, St. John's wort, tacrine, tramadol, L-tryptophan, theophylline, warfarin, antidepressants, heart or blood pressure medication, migraine headache medications, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, sedatives, or seizure medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Celexa?

Do not take Celexa if you:

  • are allergic to citalopram hydrobromide or escitalopram oxalate or any of the ingredients in Celexa. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Celexa.
  • take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI, including the antibiotic linezolid.
  • Do not take an MAOI within 2 weeks of stopping Celexa unless directed to do so by your physician.
  • Do not start Celexa if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your physician.
  • People who take Celexa close in time to an MAOI may have serious or even life-threatening side effects. Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms:
    • high fever
    • uncontrolled muscle spasms
    • stiff muscles
    • rapid changes in heart rate or blood pressure
    • confusion
    • loss of consciousness (pass out)
    • take the antipsychotic medicine pimozide (Orap®) because this can cause serious heart problems.
    • have a heart problem including congenital long QT syndrome

Before starting Celexa, tell your healthcare provider if you are taking certain drugs such as:

  • Medicines for heart problems
  • Medicines that lower your potassium or magnesium levels in your body
  • Cimetidine
  • Triptans used to treat migraine headache
  • Medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, SSRIs, SNRIs, amphetamines, or antipsychotics
  • Tramadol
  • Over-the-counter supplements such as tryptophan or St. John's Wort

Before starting Celexa, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have liver problems
  • have kidney problems
  • have heart problems
  • have or had seizures or convulsions
  • have bipolar disorder or mania
  • have low sodium levels in your blood
  • have a history of a stroke
  • have high blood pressure
  • have or had bleeding problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Celexa will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of treating depression during pregnancy
  • are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. Some Celexa may pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while taking Celexa

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Celexa and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects.

Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can tell you if it is safe to take Celexa with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine while taking Celexa without talking to your healthcare provider first.

How Should Luvox Be Taken?

The recommended starting dose for Luvox tablets in adult patients is 50 mg, administered as a single daily dose at bedtime. The recommended starting dose for Luvox tablets in pediatric populations (ages 8-17 years) is 25 mg, administered as a single daily dose at bedtime.

How Should Celexa Be Taken?

Take Celexa exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of Celexa until it is the right dose for you.

Celexa may be taken with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Celexa, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Celexa at the same time.

If you take too much Celexa, call your healthcare provider or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

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References
SOURCE:

FDA. Luvox Product Information

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2007/021519lbl.pdf

Allergan. Celexa Product Information.

https://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/celexa_pi

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