What is Celexa?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Citalopram

Celexa®, a brand name for citalopram, is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression and is used to treat depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 660 336
Major depressive disorder 322 185
Anxious mood 181 103
Post-traumatic stress disorder 88 59
Fibromyalgia 48 32
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 40 36

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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
Severe 53
Moderate 95
Mild 173
None 302

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Celexa

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 27
Weight gain 21
Brain fog 16
Dizziness 14
Anxious mood 13
Decreased sex drive (libido) 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Celexa

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 59
20 mg daily 42
10 mg daily 17
10 mg/5 mL daily 2
30 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
60 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 1
30 g daily 1
80 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Celexa

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 234
Doctor's advice 138
Side effects too severe 129
Other 94
Expense 20
Course of treatment ended 19
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 474 patients who've stopped taking Celexa

Duration

Currently taking Celexa

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Celexa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 66
1 - 6 months 124
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 99
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 524
Usually 78
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 75
Not at all hard to take 507
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 29
< $25 357
Not specified 229

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Celexa after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 26
Sertraline (Zoloft) 17
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 15
Paroxetine (Paxil) 14
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 12

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Celexa and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 19
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 14
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 14

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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48 patient evaluations for Celexa

Jul 15, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious 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 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

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 20, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Severe (panic attacks, anxiety in the morning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I absolutely cannot take this medication. The second day I had the most horrible panic attack that I've had in over ten years.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 19, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Mild (panic attacks, anxiety in the morning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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