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
Major depressive disorder 9929 757
Depressed mood 2273 872
Post-traumatic stress disorder 910 180
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 656 141
Mild depression 586 107
Anxious mood 427 222

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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 172
Moderate 328
Mild 500
None 967

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 73
Weight gain 59
Fatigue 58
Nausea 52
Dry mouth 39
Dizziness 35

Show all 275 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients Percentage
40 mg daily 43
20 mg daily 35
10 mg daily 12
5 mg daily 2
10 mg/5 mL daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
30 mg daily 1
10mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 817
Doctor's advice 455
Side effects too severe 407
Other 274
Course of treatment ended 81
Personal research 53
Expense 43
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1585 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 242
1 - 6 months 326
6 months - 1 year 223
1 - 2 years 244
2 - 5 years 281
5 - 10 years 139
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1573
Usually 284
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 70
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 46
Somewhat hard to take 150
A little hard to take 264
Not at all hard to take 1507
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 6
$50-99 25
$25-49 83
< $25 1089
Not specified 761

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 64
Sertraline (Zoloft) 50
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 48
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 39
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 37

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 111
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 109
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 98
Sertraline (Zoloft) 96
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 66

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Jul 19, 2020 (Started Nov 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take as Prescribed, Everybody is different
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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