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 1,439 762
Major Depressive Disorder 1,035 575
Anxious mood 369 209
Post-traumatic stress disorder 270 146
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 155 118
Mild Depression 152 90

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 155
Moderate 275
Mild 422
None 769

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 57
Fatigue 54
Weight gain 46
Nausea 40
Anxious mood 33
Dizziness 32

Show all 323 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 116
40 mg daily 104
10 mg daily 51
30 mg daily 19
10 mg/5 mL daily 1
20 mg twice daily 4
15 mg daily 3
60 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2

See all 16 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 613
Doctor's advice 368
Side effects too severe 346
Other 244
Course of treatment ended 68
Personal research 46
Expense 33
Change in health plan coverage 29
See all 1262 patients who’ve stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 97
5 - 10 years 108
10 years or more 50

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 176
1 - 6 months 307
6 months - 1 year 206
1 - 2 years 212
2 - 5 years 226
5 - 10 years 113
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1307
Usually 228
Sometimes 32
Never taken as prescribed 54
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 36
Somewhat hard to take 115
A little hard to take 215
Not at all hard to take 1255
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 7
$50-99 16
$25-49 73
< $25 915
Not specified 607

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 31
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 28
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 20
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 16
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 14

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 38
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 30
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 27
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 26

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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124 patient evaluations for Citalopram

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baebae
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baebae
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

See baebae's full Citalopram history

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
Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Tommy Maker's full Citalopram history

Aug 31, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effective. It was difficult at first to make the connection between depression and lack of motivation. I m now up to 30mg daily but will seek to up this soon.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2015 (Started Dec 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: There is the perception around antidepressants which is false. It is valid treatment for what could otherwise be a debilitating personal stasis. It is well worth getting past the negative perception and trying this treatment especially when ALS becomes a monkey on your back
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2015 (Started Dec 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Useful for lack of motivation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
bearhug
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new ASD member
Data Quality: 1 star
48 years
Female
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ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 12
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 2
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 27
  • ATEC score: 41
I have:
Asperger's

See bearhug's full Citalopram history

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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