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 652 329
Major depressive disorder 320 183
Anxious mood 180 102
Post-traumatic stress disorder 85 56
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 91
Mild 168
None 298

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

Show all 153 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Celexa

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 55
20 mg daily 43
10 mg daily 14
30 mg daily 4
10 mg/5 mL daily 1
30 g daily 1
50 mg daily 1
60 mg daily 1
400 mg daily 1
20mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Celexa

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 226
Doctor's advice 136
Side effects too severe 126
Other 94
Course of treatment ended 19
Expense 18
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 465 patients who've stopped taking Celexa

Duration

Currently taking Celexa

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Celexa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 61
1 - 6 months 125
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 514
Usually 75
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 73
Not at all hard to take 498
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 28
< $25 352
Not specified 222

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Celexa after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 24
Sertraline (Zoloft) 17
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13
Paroxetine (Paxil) 13
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 12

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Celexa and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 17
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 14
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 13

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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