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 1,535 847
Major depressive disorder 1,275 717
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 291 153
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
314
Mild
486
None
906

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 146
40 mg daily 146
10 mg daily 55
30 mg daily 19
20 mg twice daily 5
60 mg daily 5
10 mg/5 mL daily 3
15 mg daily 2
10 mg twice 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 717
Doctor's advice 417
Side effects too severe 378
Other 261
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 49
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 31
See all 1433 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 27
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 121
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 208
1 - 6 months 337
6 months - 1 year 223
1 - 2 years 240
2 - 5 years 261
5 - 10 years 135
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1504
Usually 273
Sometimes 34
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 146
A little hard to take 246
Not at all hard to take 1444
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 21
$25-49 82
< $25 1064
Not specified 701

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 53
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) 52
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 43
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40

Show all 38 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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