Compare Buspar vs. Celexa

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

Buspar (Buspirone)

Prescription only

Celexa (citalopram)

Prescription only
Helps you relax.

Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 67 reviewsforBuspar
Improves mood.

Celexa (citalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Side effects are less likely to happen compared to other antidepressants; however, it is not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 520 reviewsforCelexa
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Effectively relieves depression symptoms.
  • This medicine is not as drowsy as other antidepressants.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
Downsides
  • 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 decreased sex drive, difficulties with orgasm or ejaculation, and minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
  • Celexa (citalopram) may not be a good option if you have heart or liver problems.
  • Like most antidepressants, Celexa (citalopram) can increase risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in people younger than 24 years.
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Dosage forms
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  • Liquid
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Reviews
67 
46%
think this treatment is worth it
45%
think this treatment works well
22%
think this treatment is a hassle

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520 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Any side effect
    10%
  • Drowsiness
    10%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Central nervous system disturbances
    3%
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Lightheadedness
    3%
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The Celexa (citalopram) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Elevated blood pressure

    Taking with MAOIs

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal reactions

    Taking with or converting from benzodiazepine medicines

  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements

    Duration of treatment

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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking tricyclic antidepressants, lithium, tramadol, fentanyl, amphetamines, certain headache medications (triptans), St. John's Wort

  • Bipolar disorder

    History of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Celexa (citalopram) abruptly

  • Lower maximum dose in some people

    Higher dose

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Increased bleeding

    Taking other blood-thinning drugs (including aspirin, NSAIDs such as Advil, warfarin)

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