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 1558 869
Major depressive disorder 1341 750
Anxious mood 387 222
Post-traumatic stress disorder 308 177
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 175 136
Mild depression 162 105

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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 326
Mild 501
None 952

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 74
Weight gain 59
Fatigue 57
Nausea 51
Dry mouth 39
Dizziness 36

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients Percentage
40 mg daily 61
20 mg daily 54
10 mg daily 14
30 mg daily 6
15 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
80 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 1
10 mg/5 mL daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 754
Doctor's advice 433
Side effects too severe 389
Other 265
Course of treatment ended 78
Personal research 51
Expense 43
Change in health plan coverage 33
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Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 241
1 - 6 months 327
6 months - 1 year 223
1 - 2 years 244
2 - 5 years 280
5 - 10 years 138
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1561
Usually 283
Sometimes 38
Never taken as prescribed 69
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 148
A little hard to take 257
Not at all hard to take 1501
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 6
$50-99 25
$25-49 82
< $25 1085
Not specified 750

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) 35

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 65
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 63
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 62
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 47
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 47

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123 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

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

Sep 29, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for drug interaction with Neurontin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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