I've been on and off (back on now) Lexapro for the past two years. Lexapro and Celexa are essentially the same drug. The company that produces both basically made a small (and insignificant) change to Celexa to create Lexapro so that they could hold on to their patent for a few mores years (there is no generic Lexapro currently). The Lexapro definitely helped a lot with my anxiety, panic, and depression. It basically took my anxiety down a few notches so that I only took a xanax if I really needed it (which was not often). Like you, I reached a point where the xanax was not doing its thing for me anymore. But after a few weeks on the Lexapro, the xanax was effective again (and I really didn't need it much). Coming off of Lexapro was not bad at all. I was on 10mg (which is the equivalent of 20mg of Celexa), and just went down to 5mg a day for a week, then stopped. No problems at all. But everyone is different, and you might have to taper off slower than I did. Don't worry too much about coming off of the meds. It can be done slowly - and at your own pace. Also, the side-effects from Lexapro / Celexa tend to be milder than the older SSRIs (like Prozac). I had some edginess, dull headache, and some stomach aches for the first few days (but they were gone in a week or so). It takes a few weeks for the medication to kick in - typically 2 - 4 weeks. However, the full effect might take up to 12 weeks to be felt. The first few days you might feel more anxious - but the xanax should help you get through this. Just keep in contact with your dr. the first week or so if you are concerned about any side-effects that pop up. They should be relatively mild, and they will go away.
Hope this helps..
I was on it. I can say it brought me back to life. I felt good but had sexual side effects so I quit and tried many others. Sexual side effects never went away so i might go back to celexa again.
My mother takes it works fine for her and my ex sister-inlaw took it and it healed her anxiety.
However it didn't work for my brother. So from the people I know it is 3v1 in favor. But online I read many good and bad stories about it.