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 1,495 804
Major Depressive Disorder 1,190 666
Anxious mood 377 214
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 281 145
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 171 131
Mild Depression 157 95

Show all 182 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 166
Moderate 300
Mild 457
None 846

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 58
Fatigue 57
Weight gain 53
Nausea 44
Dry mouth 34
Dizziness 33

Show all 336 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 174
40 mg daily 155
10 mg daily 58
30 mg daily 27
20 mg twice daily 6
10 mg/5 mL daily 5
60 mg daily 5
15 mg daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 2
5 mg daily 2

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 664
Doctor's advice 393
Side effects too severe 362
Other 252
Course of treatment ended 73
Personal research 47
Expense 36
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 1351 patients who’ve stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 115
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 72

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 190
1 - 6 months 322
6 months - 1 year 213
1 - 2 years 227
2 - 5 years 245
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1421
Usually 251
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 130
A little hard to take 232
Not at all hard to take 1367
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 18
$25-49 78
< $25 1001
Not specified 661

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Sertraline (Zoloft) 37
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 30
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 25
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 21

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 48
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 40
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 38
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 36
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 35

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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126 patient evaluations for Citalopram

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BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
31 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See BipolarQueen's full Citalopram history

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
baebae
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baebae
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See baebae's full Citalopram history

Sep 29, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Drug interaction with Neurontin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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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
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