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 1,511 823
major depressive disorder 1,225 690
Anxious mood 380 216
post-traumatic stress disorder 285 148
persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 174 136
mild depression 158 97

Show all 180 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 170
Moderate 308
Mild 470
None 874

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 60
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 55
Nausea 44
Dizziness 34
Dry mouth 34

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 165
20 mg daily 163
10 mg daily 66
30 mg daily 23
20 mg twice daily 7
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
60 mg daily 4
80 mg daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 2
5 mg daily 2

See all 24 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 677
Doctor's advice 403
Side effects too severe 368
Other 255
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 49
Expense 38
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 1378 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 129
5 - 10 years 130
10 years or more 84

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 195
1 - 6 months 330
6 months - 1 year 216
1 - 2 years 234
2 - 5 years 246
5 - 10 years 129
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1462
Usually 260
Sometimes 34
Never taken as prescribed 66
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 41
Somewhat hard to take 138
A little hard to take 238
Not at all hard to take 1405
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 20
$25-49 81
< $25 1036
Not specified 674

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 48
Sertraline (Zoloft) 40
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 34
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 27
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 23

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 48
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 44
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 41
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 39
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 37

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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126 patient evaluations for Citalopram

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

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 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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