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 1,549 865
Major depressive disorder 1,311 727
Anxious mood 382 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 302 173
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 177 137
Mild depression 162 104

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 175
Moderate 320
Mild 491
None 932

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

Show all 285 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 127
40 mg daily 123
10 mg daily 56
30 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 6
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
15 mg daily 4
5 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2
80 mg daily 2

See all 24 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 737
Doctor's advice 425
Side effects too severe 386
Other 266
Course of treatment ended 76
Personal research 51
Expense 43
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1468 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 127
10 years or more 82

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 236
1 - 6 months 327
6 months - 1 year 221
1 - 2 years 245
2 - 5 years 270
5 - 10 years 138
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1537
Usually 279
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 150
A little hard to take 250
Not at all hard to take 1474
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1079
Not specified 722

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 54
Sertraline (Zoloft) 46
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 44
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 32
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 32

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 60
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 57
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 40

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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126 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Apr 20, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Severe (panic attacks, anxiety in the morning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I absolutely cannot take this medication. The second day I had the most horrible panic attack that I've had in over ten years.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 19, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Mild (panic attacks, anxiety in the morning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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