• Care for Others Care for Others
    August 25, 2009
    Can I substitute Celexa for Lexapro? Cost is a factor here.
    Care for Others Care for Others
    August 25, 2009

    I have had good response from the drug lexapro for depression. However, I became recently unemployed and am now paying out of pocket for this drug. I have to take it along with wellbutrin XL for the time being. Since the price of both lexapro and wellbutrin XL are high, my druggist suggested I try celexa since it is available in the generic and is much cheaper than the brand lexapro. What can I expect?

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  • Judy
    Health Guide
    August 25, 2009
    Judy
    Health Guide
    August 25, 2009

    Hi there.  I'm not a doctor, but Lexapro and Celexa are both the same type of antidepressant - SSRIs.  I don't know if you're aware of it, but Wellbutrin also has a generic form, buproprion, which is cheaper, too.  You should probably talk to your doctor, though, about whether it's a good idea to switch and since you are unemployed, he/she might be able to give you samples or know if the drug company has a program that gives people a break when they have trouble paying for their medication.  Good luck with getting what you need and I'm glad that it's working.


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