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 1,463 780
Major Depressive Disorder 1,095 613
Anxious mood 372 210
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 274 145
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 161 126
Mild Depression 153 90

Show all 184 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 158
Moderate 287
Mild 437
None 800

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 59
Fatigue 55
Weight gain 49
Nausea 43
Dry mouth 33
Anxious mood 32

Show all 325 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 145
40 mg daily 116
10 mg daily 65
30 mg daily 20
10 mg/5 mL daily 6
60 mg daily 6
20 mg twice daily 5
15 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2
50 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 627
Doctor's advice 374
Side effects too severe 351
Other 244
Course of treatment ended 69
Personal research 47
Expense 34
Change in health plan coverage 29
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Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 122
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 180
1 - 6 months 311
6 months - 1 year 206
1 - 2 years 213
2 - 5 years 233
5 - 10 years 120
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1354
Usually 238
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 57
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 38
Somewhat hard to take 121
A little hard to take 222
Not at all hard to take 1301
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 7
$50-99 17
$25-49 77
< $25 953
Not specified 624

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 36
Sertraline (Zoloft) 33
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 23
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 20
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 18

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 39
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 30
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 30
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 28

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

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baebae
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baebae
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
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: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Tommy Maker's full Citalopram history

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
bearhug
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new ASD member
Data Quality: 2 stars
48 years
Female
g
ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 12
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 2
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 27
  • ATEC score: 41
I have:
Asperger's

See bearhug's full Citalopram history

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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