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 1,543 854
Major depressive disorder 1,294 725
Anxious mood 383 220
Post-traumatic stress disorder 295 170
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 176 136
Mild depression 162 99

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
174
Moderate
317
Mild
488
None
912

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 58
Weight gain 57
Decreased sex drive (libido) 50
Nausea 46
Dry mouth 37
Dizziness 33

Show all 343 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 145
20 mg daily 136
10 mg daily 56
30 mg daily 13
20 mg twice daily 8
10 mg/5 mL daily 4
60 mg daily 4
15 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2

See all 29 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 728
Doctor's advice 419
Side effects too severe 383
Other 264
Course of treatment ended 76
Personal research 49
Expense 42
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1451 patients who've stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 128
10 years or more 84

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 230
1 - 6 months 326
6 months - 1 year 219
1 - 2 years 242
2 - 5 years 266
5 - 10 years 138
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1516
Usually 272
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 146
A little hard to take 247
Not at all hard to take 1454
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 21
$25-49 82
< $25 1066
Not specified 711

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 56
Sertraline (Zoloft) 44
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 42
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 31
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 30

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 55
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 55
Sertraline (Zoloft) 54
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

125 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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