What is Citalopram?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Citalopram hydrobromide (HBr) is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Citalopram affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. It is used in the treatment of depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 1553 859
Major depressive disorder 1324 742
Anxious mood 387 222
Post-traumatic stress disorder 304 175
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 176 137
Mild depression 163 107

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 173
Moderate 325
Mild 496
None 939

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 75
Weight gain 60
Fatigue 57
Nausea 50
Dry mouth 38
Anxious mood 33

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 79
40 mg daily 66
10 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 11
15 mg daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 2
10 mg/5 mL daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
80 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 748
Doctor's advice 432
Side effects too severe 388
Other 265
Course of treatment ended 78
Personal research 52
Expense 43
Change in health plan coverage 33
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Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 238
1 - 6 months 327
6 months - 1 year 218
1 - 2 years 246
2 - 5 years 278
5 - 10 years 137
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1546
Usually 282
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 149
A little hard to take 256
Not at all hard to take 1484
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 6
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1078
Not specified 740

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 59
Sertraline (Zoloft) 46
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 45
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 36
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 34

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 63
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 60
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 60
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 48
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 43

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Apr 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (paranoia, vaginal dryness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 24, 2017 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

Mar 29, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 15, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The first few days of starting this one i was extremely fatigued and very nausea's.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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