What is Citalopram?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Celexa Cipramil APO-Citalopram Show all

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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 1,425 748
Major Depressive Disorder 1,004 553
Anxious mood 369 206
Post-traumatic stress disorder 263 144
Mild Depression 151 89
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 146 112

Show all 178 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 153
Moderate 272
Mild 413
None 740

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Citalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 57
Fatigue 48
Weight gain 46
Nausea 39
Anxious mood 32
Dizziness 32

Show all 321 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Citalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 108
40 mg daily 87
10 mg daily 45
30 mg daily 15
10 mg/5 mL daily 7
15 mg daily 3
60 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Citalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 599
Doctor's advice 358
Side effects too severe 345
Other 241
Course of treatment ended 66
Personal research 44
Expense 32
Change in health plan coverage 28
See all 1242 patients who’ve stopped taking Citalopram

Duration

Currently taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 86
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Citalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 173
1 - 6 months 305
6 months - 1 year 202
1 - 2 years 207
2 - 5 years 223
5 - 10 years 111
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1278
Usually 219
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 35
Somewhat hard to take 110
A little hard to take 209
Not at all hard to take 1224
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 7
$50-99 16
$25-49 72
< $25 889
Not specified 591

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Citalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 26
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 25
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 17
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 14
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 13

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Citalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 34
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 27
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 25
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 25

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: 3 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: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
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
n
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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