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 1,548 864
Major depressive disorder 1,309 725
Anxious mood 382 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 302 173
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 177 137
Mild depression 163 104

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 174
Moderate 320
Mild 491
None 931

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 131
40 mg daily 121
10 mg daily 49
30 mg daily 12
10 mg/5 mL daily 5
20 mg twice daily 5
15 mg daily 4
5 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2
80 mg daily 2

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 736
Doctor's advice 424
Side effects too severe 385
Other 266
Course of treatment ended 75
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
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 125
10 years or more 82

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 236
1 - 6 months 325
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 1536
Usually 279
Sometimes 34
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 150
A little hard to take 249
Not at all hard to take 1473
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 24
$25-49 82
< $25 1077
Not specified 722

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 53
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

Sep 3, 2010 (Started Oct 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constant tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My experience: 1) Very easy for me to take, I can't live without them, unfortunately 2) Yes, I got very happy and in a very good mood, almost always 3) Sometimes I got very tired, and this was a rather big problem at the first time
Side effects: constant tiredness

Apr 16, 2009 (Started Oct 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It will help you! A lot!
Side effects: constant tiredness

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 9, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (difficulty staying asleep, unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 11, 2012 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (difficulty staying asleep, unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This worked fairly well on my fibro, but the side effects were awful. Even with a sleeping pill, I spent half the night awake or in restless sleep, and most of the day moving like a zombie due to lack of sleep. Even when I *did* sleep, the dreams were so vivid and realistic, it was like I was awake anyway. I was beginning to lose my mind because of the sleep loss. I tried stopping it before, then starting it when I had another bad flare, but the sleep loss was just too much for me to handle.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 9, 2011 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (difficulty staying asleep, unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 28, 2011 (Started Aug 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (difficulty staying asleep, unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 27, 2010 (Started Dec 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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