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 1,546 857
Major depressive disorder 1,300 725
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 299 171
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 177 137
Mild depression 162 101

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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 174
Moderate 320
Mild 486
None 920

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 57
Decreased sex drive (libido) 51
Nausea 46
Dry mouth 37
Dizziness 33

Show all 336 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 141
20 mg daily 133
10 mg daily 55
30 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 9
10 mg/5 mL daily 5
15 mg daily 3
60 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2
40 mg weekly 2

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 735
Doctor's advice 422
Side effects too severe 386
Other 265
Course of treatment ended 77
Personal research 50
Expense 43
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1461 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 97
5 - 10 years 125
10 years or more 85

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 235
1 - 6 months 327
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 243
2 - 5 years 268
5 - 10 years 138
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1523
Usually 275
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 146
A little hard to take 249
Not at all hard to take 1461
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1069
Not specified 714

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 54
Sertraline (Zoloft) 45
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 42
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 31
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 30

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 57
Sertraline (Zoloft) 56
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 55
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

125 patient evaluations for Citalopram

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

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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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