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 1,515 831
Major depressive disorder 1,236 697
Anxious mood 381 218
Post-traumatic stress disorder 288 151
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 173 136
Mild depression 158 98

Show all 182 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 171
Moderate 306
Mild 474
None 882

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 60
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 55
Nausea 44
Dry mouth 35
Dizziness 34

Show all 341 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 160
40 mg daily 151
10 mg daily 61
30 mg daily 19
20 mg twice daily 5
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
60 mg daily 4
600 mg daily 3
1,600 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 683
Doctor's advice 406
Side effects too severe 370
Other 258
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 48
Expense 38
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 1389 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 115
5 - 10 years 122
10 years or more 83

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 198
1 - 6 months 331
6 months - 1 year 216
1 - 2 years 237
2 - 5 years 249
5 - 10 years 130
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1471
Usually 262
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 41
Somewhat hard to take 137
A little hard to take 239
Not at all hard to take 1416
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 20
$25-49 81
< $25 1042
Not specified 679

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 50
Sertraline (Zoloft) 40
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 35
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 29
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 24

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 49
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 48
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 45
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 40
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 36

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

Jul 15, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The first few days of starting this one i was extremely fatigued and very nausea's.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 24, 2017 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

Mar 29, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 29, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Drug interaction with Neurontin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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