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 1,536 849
Major depressive disorder 1,276 719
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 292 155
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
173
Moderate
316
Mild
486
None
911

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 56
Decreased sex drive (libido) 50
Nausea 45
Dry mouth 37
Dizziness 33

Show all 342 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 149
40 mg daily 141
10 mg daily 57
30 mg daily 20
20 mg twice daily 5
60 mg daily 5
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
15 mg daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
80 mg daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 719
Doctor's advice 418
Side effects too severe 380
Other 261
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 49
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 31
See all 1436 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 124
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 209
1 - 6 months 338
6 months - 1 year 223
1 - 2 years 241
2 - 5 years 261
5 - 10 years 135
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1510
Usually 273
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 148
A little hard to take 246
Not at all hard to take 1448
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 21
$25-49 82
< $25 1065
Not specified 707

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 54
Sertraline (Zoloft) 43
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 41
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 31
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 29

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 55
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 54
Sertraline (Zoloft) 53
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 43
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Apr 15, 2016 (Started Oct 11, 1980)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started crying uncontrolably . watching shows!!!

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 14, 2015 (Started Jan 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 13, 2015 (Started Jan 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Am currently in the process of coming off of this medicine - taking half the dose for one week then will stop completely and start Cymbalta....
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 8, 2015 (Started Jan 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 13, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (loss of sex drive (libido), worsening depression)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i don't really remember my dosage. it seemed to help at first. i stopped taking it because of zero libido, and growing depression, black depression, which improved when i stopped it. having some libido at age 71 is less depressing.

  • 0 helpful marks
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