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 1,532 842
Major depressive disorder 1,267 716
Anxious mood 382 218
Post-traumatic stress disorder 290 153
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 174 136
Mild depression 161 102

Show all 163 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 173
Moderate 311
Mild 485
None 903

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 56
Decreased sex drive (libido) 50
Nausea 45
Dry mouth 37
Dizziness 33

Show all 342 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 147
20 mg daily 139
10 mg daily 57
30 mg daily 17
20 mg twice daily 4
10 mg/5 mL daily 3
60 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
50 mg daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 708
Doctor's advice 416
Side effects too severe 375
Other 260
Course of treatment ended 76
Personal research 49
Expense 40
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 1421 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 111
10 years or more 87

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 206
1 - 6 months 336
6 months - 1 year 222
1 - 2 years 241
2 - 5 years 254
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1497
Usually 273
Sometimes 34
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 145
A little hard to take 244
Not at all hard to take 1440
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 21
$25-49 81
< $25 1059
Not specified 700

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 52
Sertraline (Zoloft) 43
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 39
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 31
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 27

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 52
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 52
Sertraline (Zoloft) 50
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 43
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Aug 31, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effective. It was difficult at first to make the connection between depression and lack of motivation. I m now up to 30mg daily but will seek to up this soon.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2015 (Started Dec 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: There is the perception around antidepressants which is false. It is valid treatment for what could otherwise be a debilitating personal stasis. It is well worth getting past the negative perception and trying this treatment especially when ALS becomes a monkey on your back
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2015 (Started Dec 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Useful for lack of motivation.
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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