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 1,557 866
Major depressive disorder 1,318 738
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 302 174
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 177 137
Mild depression 163 105

Show all 153 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 323
Mild 497
None 939

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 71
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 58
Nausea 47
Dry mouth 39
Dizziness 33

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 123
40 mg daily 114
10 mg daily 45
30 mg daily 13
10 mg/5 mL daily 5
15 mg daily 4
60 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
20 mg three times daily 2

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 741
Doctor's advice 428
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 1474 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 83
5 - 10 years 112
10 years or more 78

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 237
1 - 6 months 326
6 months - 1 year 222
1 - 2 years 246
2 - 5 years 273
5 - 10 years 139
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1548
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 254
Not at all hard to take 1485
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1084
Not specified 731

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) 60
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 58
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 46
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 42

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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126 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Apr 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vaginal dryness, paranoia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 24, 2017 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

Mar 29, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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