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 1,525 840
Major depressive disorder 1,260 714
Anxious mood 383 218
Post-traumatic stress disorder 290 153
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 174 136
Mild depression 160 101

Show all 162 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 172
Moderate 311
Mild 479
None 901

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 55
Sex drive (libido) decreased 49
Nausea 45
Dry mouth 36
Dizziness 33

Show all 340 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 145
40 mg daily 141
10 mg daily 64
30 mg daily 18
20 mg twice daily 5
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
15 mg daily 2
50 mg daily 2
60 mg daily 2
2,400 mg daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 702
Doctor's advice 412
Side effects too severe 374
Other 258
Course of treatment ended 76
Personal research 49
Expense 40
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 1410 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 117
10 years or more 81

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 205
1 - 6 months 333
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 238
2 - 5 years 254
5 - 10 years 131
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1495
Usually 267
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 141
A little hard to take 244
Not at all hard to take 1435
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 21
$25-49 81
< $25 1057
Not specified 693

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 52
Sertraline (Zoloft) 41
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 38
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 31
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 26

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 52
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 51
Sertraline (Zoloft) 48
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 41
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 39

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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124 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 (unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams, difficulty sleeping through night)
  • 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 (unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams, difficulty sleeping through night)
  • 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 (unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams, difficulty sleeping through night)
  • 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 (unrefreshing or poor sleep, nausea, vivid dreams, difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 24, 2008 (Started Jan 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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