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 1,557 867
Major depressive disorder 1,319 741
Anxious mood 383 221
Post-traumatic stress disorder 302 174
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 177 138
Mild depression 163 105

Show all 151 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 324
Mild 497
None 942

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 72
Weight gain 59
Fatigue 58
Nausea 47
Dry mouth 39
Dizziness 33

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 113
40 mg daily 103
10 mg daily 45
30 mg daily 16
10 mg/5 mL daily 5
15 mg daily 5
20 mg twice daily 3
5 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2
80 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 742
Doctor's advice 429
Side effects too severe 387
Other 267
Course of treatment ended 77
Personal research 51
Expense 44
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1476 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 76
5 - 10 years 107
10 years or more 76

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 238
1 - 6 months 326
6 months - 1 year 222
1 - 2 years 246
2 - 5 years 274
5 - 10 years 139
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1552
Usually 281
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 150
A little hard to take 256
Not at all hard to take 1487
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1086
Not specified 733

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 56
Sertraline (Zoloft) 47
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 45
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 33
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 33

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 61
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 58
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 47
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 42

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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126 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Jul 1, 2003 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: took daily, didn't work
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 19, 2002 (Started Mar 19, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg/5 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 16, 2000 (Started Mar 21, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was put on this in high school after my boyfriend at the time told the school counselors (at his all boys and my all girls Catholic schools) that I was thinking about suicide. I was also in therapy for most of my life with several different professions just in this period of time. I can't recall when I did this but it was about 2 years after starting treatment that I tried to kill myself on the last months worth of antidepressants before I had to get a refill script. Needless to say I was completely taken off the meds. My parents never knew that I was still determined to end my life.

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