Compare Cymbalta vs. Celexa

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

Cymbalta
(duloxetine)

Celexa
(citalopram)

Improves mood and relieves certain kinds of pain. Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, and may help with chronic pain. More likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink or have high blood pressure.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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4.84Cymbalta
Reviews for Cymbalta (duloxetine)
58%
of people (All ages) say Cymbalta (duloxetine) is worth it
49%
say it works well
24%
say it's a big hassle
496 reviews
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Reviews for Celexa (citalopram)
61%
+3% better vs. Cymbalta (duloxetine)
51%
+2% better vs. Cymbalta (duloxetine)
16%
+8% better vs. Cymbalta (duloxetine)
520 reviews
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Side effects
CymbaltaCelexa
  • Nausea 15%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dry mouth 8%
  • Somnolencee 7%
  • Fatigue 4%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Decreased appetite 5%
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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
CymbaltaCelexa
Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulates mood.Celexa (Citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
CymbaltaCelexa
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
CymbaltaCelexa
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
CymbaltaCelexa
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Stopping Cymbalta (Duloxetine) suddenly
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking other blood-thinning drugs
    • History of bipolar disorder
    • At risk for bipolar disorder
    Detailed Cymbalta (duloxetine) 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 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.

      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.

      Food
      CymbaltaCelexa
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      Kidneys and liver
      CymbaltaCelexa
      • Not a good option if you're a heavy drinker, or if you have liver or kidney problems.
      • Not a good option for you if you have heart or liver problems.
      Pain
      CymbaltaCelexa
      • Full effects in 8 to 12 weeks for mood, 2 weeks for pain.
      No pain related info.
      Sex
      CymbaltaCelexa
      No sex related info.
      • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
      Weight
      CymbaltaCelexa
      No weight related info.
      • Can cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
      Upsides and benefits
      CymbaltaCelexa
      • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
      • Lowers relapse rates for depression.
      • Can relieve some types of chronic pain. Might be particularly good at pain relief for people who are also depressed.
      • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
      • 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
      CymbaltaCelexa
      • Not a good option if you're a heavy drinker, or if you have liver or kidney problems.
      • Not the best option for people with high blood pressure.
      • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
      • 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.
      • 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
      CymbaltaCelexa
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      • Full effects in 8 to 12 weeks for mood, 2 weeks for pain.
      • Stop taking slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
      • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
      • 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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