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 1,549 860
Major depressive disorder 1,306 727
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 301 173
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 178 138
Mild depression 162 103

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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 488
None 926

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 71
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 57
Nausea 46
Dry mouth 38
Dizziness 33

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 137
20 mg daily 132
10 mg daily 56
30 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 8
10 mg/5 mL daily 6
15 mg daily 3
20 mg weekly 2
5 mg daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 737
Doctor's advice 424
Side effects too severe 385
Other 266
Course of treatment ended 77
Personal research 51
Expense 43
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1466 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 81

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 235
1 - 6 months 327
6 months - 1 year 221
1 - 2 years 245
2 - 5 years 269
5 - 10 years 139
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1529
Usually 277
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 148
A little hard to take 249
Not at all hard to take 1467
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1074
Not specified 717

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 54
Sertraline (Zoloft) 45
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 43
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 31
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 31

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 58
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 56
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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125 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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