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 654 333
Major depressive disorder 322 185
Anxious mood 181 103
Post-traumatic stress disorder 86 57
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
93
Mild
170
None
300

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Celexa

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 27
Weight gain 20
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 48
10 mg daily 13
30 mg daily 4
60 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 1
10 mg/5 mL daily 1
30 g daily 1
80 mg daily 1
400 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Celexa

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 231
Doctor's advice 137
Side effects too severe 127
Other 94
Course of treatment ended 18
Expense 18
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 470 patients who've stopped taking Celexa

Duration

Currently taking Celexa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Celexa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 65
1 - 6 months 124
6 months - 1 year 64
1 - 2 years 66
2 - 5 years 100
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 520
Usually 75
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 74
Not at all hard to take 501
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 29
< $25 354
Not specified 225

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) 13
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 12

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Celexa and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 21
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 19
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 15
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 14

Show all 23 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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