Compare Buspar vs. Celexa

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Buspar
(buspirone)

Celexa
(citalopram)

Helps you relax. Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.Improves mood and helps you relax. Celexa (Citalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Might be less likely to cause side effects than some antidepressants, but not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.
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4.63Buspar
Reviews for Buspar (buspirone)
46%
of people (All ages) say Buspar (buspirone) is worth it
45%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Celexa (citalopram)
61%
+15% better vs. Buspar (buspirone)
51%
+6% better vs. Buspar (buspirone)
16%
+6% better vs. Buspar (buspirone)
520 reviews
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Side effects
BusparCelexa
  • Dizziness 9%
  • Any side effect 10%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Headache 3%
  • Nervousness 4%
  • Central nervous system disturbances 3%
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  • Nausea 7%
  • Dry mouth 6%
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Sleep difficulty 1%
  • Sweating increased 2%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Tremor 2%
  • Ejaculation disorder 5%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
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How it works
BusparCelexa
Buspar (Buspirone) is an anti-anxiety medication. It's used to stabilize chemicals in the brain that control mood and nervousness.Celexa (Citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
BusparCelexa
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
BusparCelexa
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
Used for
BusparCelexa
Risk factors for serious side effects
BusparCelexa
  • Taking with MAOIs
  • Taking with Zyvox or methylene blue
  • Taking with or converting from benzodiazepine medicines
  • Duration of treatment
Detailed Buspar (buspirone) risks & warnings »
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • At risk for bipolar disorder
  • Stopping Celexa (Citalopram) suddenly
  • Higher dose
  • History of heart problems
  • History of liver problems
  • Older age
  • Taking other blood-thinning drugs
    Detailed Celexa (citalopram) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Alcohol
    BusparCelexa
    • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).
    No alcohol related info.
    Food
    BusparCelexa
    • Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food.
    • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
    BusparCelexa
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Not a good option for you if you have heart or liver problems.
    Sex
    BusparCelexa
    No sex related info.
    • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
    Sleep
    BusparCelexa
    • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
    No sleep related info.
    Weight
    BusparCelexa
    No weight related info.
    • Can cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
    Upsides and benefits
    BusparCelexa
    • Buspar (Buspirone) works very well to control the symptoms of generalized anxiety syndrome (GAD).
    • Buspar (Buspirone) doesn't cause physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms.
    • Buspar (Buspirone) is only available as a generic, so the price can be pretty cheap.
    • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
    • Causes less sleepiness compared to other antidepressants.
    • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
    Downsides and risks
    BusparCelexa
    • Buspar (Buspirone) can take as long as four weeks to become fully effective.
    • Not as effective for short-term anxiety conditions or panic disorders.
    • Most people find that it loses effectiveness over long periods of time.
    • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
    • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
    • Can cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
    • Celexa (Citalopram) can cause an irregular heartbeat if you take a high dose (40 mg a day, or more).
    • Not a good option for you if you have heart or liver problems.
    • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24 years.
    • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    BusparCelexa
    • Take doses at about the same time each day.
    • It can take several weeks to get the full effect.
    • Don't eat or drink grapefruit juice when using Buspar (Buspirone).
    • Don't use Buspar (Buspirone) within two weeks of using an MAO inhibitor (like Eldepryl, Parnate, or Marplan).
    • Be consistent in taking Buspar (Buspirone) with or without food.
    • Avoid alcohol when taking Buspar (Buspirone).
    • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
    • Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood.
    • Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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