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 1,535 851
Major depressive disorder 1,286 722
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 294 168
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 175 136
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
174
Moderate
316
Mild
488
None
914

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 56
Decreased sex drive (libido) 50
Nausea 46
Dry mouth 37
Dizziness 33

Show all 343 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 150
20 mg daily 140
10 mg daily 55
30 mg daily 17
20 mg twice daily 8
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
60 mg daily 4
15 mg daily 3
400 mg daily 3
80 mg daily 2

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 725
Doctor's advice 419
Side effects too severe 379
Other 263
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 49
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1443 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 32
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 108
5 - 10 years 127
10 years or more 87

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 228
1 - 6 months 326
6 months - 1 year 218
1 - 2 years 242
2 - 5 years 264
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1514
Usually 275
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 149
A little hard to take 246
Not at all hard to take 1453
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 21
$25-49 82
< $25 1065
Not specified 713

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 55
Sertraline (Zoloft) 44
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 41
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 31
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 31

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 55
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 54
Sertraline (Zoloft) 54
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 41

Show all 38 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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