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Also known as: Celexa

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Citalopram Review Summary

7.8/10 Average Rating

390 Ratings with 356 User Reviews

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"Just started second month on Citalopram and so far no improvement with depression. Dr says it will take time and I could feel worse before feeling better. I just hope it won't be too long before positive results Also taking other medication including Tramadol which has an up and down affect on me and probably isn't helping."

Miss Herbs (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 30, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I just started this medication about 5 days ago so far I haven't had any side effects and am going to continue taking as directed I'm on 20mg a day. I have been having severe anxiety due to the loss of a loved one (my brother ) hopefully this medication will work im keeping my fingers crossed will give another comment maybe 2 months into it"

   
8.0

hachet August 29, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "Started having panic attacks last June when I had a medical issue with my eye. My doctor prescribed me celexa. I held onto the prescription for over 6 months as I was terrified of relying on a pill to help me and was scared of side effects. Finally I couldn't take the anxiety anymore and started on 10mg. First few weeks I COULD NOT SLEEP and my anxiety was worse. Had to take sleeping pills. But eventually it got better and now I feel great! It's been 6 months and I've never increased my dosage. I still get anxious once in a while but that is fine with me because I don't want to "not feel anything" like some pills do to you! I know it's not for everyone but I am glad I finally tried it!!"

   
9.0

Anonymous August 24, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I was prescribed Celexa for anxiety. I had previously tried Prozac, which made things even worse. Celexa (10mg) was great. I felt better, just a bit more evened out, and less anxious. It's definitely not a xanax but it helped me to feel more like myself. However, it also made me gain about 15 pounds in only 3 months. During this time I was exercising, eating healthfully, and still gaining. I eventually weaned myself off it. Weaning myself off was *terrible*. Nausea, inability to concentrate, etc."

   
5.0

bea000 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 21, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "Sometimes I think that someone employed by Celexa inc create the responses I read on this site. Most of the positive experiences do not seem likely. Celexa has been a nightmare for me. It makes me so angry. I'm from the big easy and would like to consider myself laidback. I have a very strong belief the reason this medication is prescribed so frequently is so the docs or the powers that be can receive the kick back from by pharmacy. I truly believe that. I'm going on month 4 and currently take 40mgs. I cannot report any positive effects. I can attest to a loss in libido, rashes, depression, weight gain, dry mouth, loss of appetite, aches and I can go on. And the only reason I take it is to obtain the medication that I do get relief from."

   
1.0

Mobraver (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 16, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I've been taking 10mg of Celexa a day for almost 3 weeks now. The first week i experienced minor side effects, excessive yawning, irregular heartbeat, anxiety and so on. I came around to the medication about 5 days into it and was feeling good, i wasn't anxious about socialising and i wasn't having as many negative thoughts (this lasted a week). But now I'm feeling as though I'm returning to my old self. This might be to early to call as I've only taken 18 days worth of tablets but I'm beginning to think my body has built a tolerance for it already. I'm due an appointment with the doc next week so i will enquire about possibly upping the dosage and will review again once i have. I've never taken antidepressants so trial and error i suppose!"

   
7.0

chambers123 August 13, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "Coming up to the 1 year mark, been on 20mg per day until this week when I've increased to 30mg. Until last few weeks my anxiety has been manageable but now I feel it returning due to some personal issues at home. Compared to how I was this time last year just before I started I am ten times better, but am by no means cured. I've increased my dosage with doctors guidance in order to continue managing my anxiety and depression.I find this medication great in most ways but the side effects are not good. I had severe nausea for the first 3 weeks, night tremors, hot sweats, no appetite. Within 4 weeks these had all gone completely but I've found that I suffer with terrible short term memory, increased hair loss and alcohol affects me much worse."

   
9.0

RatcliffesGirl August 11, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I have had absolutely no side effects while on this medication. My anxiety is obviously not "cured" but the symptoms are much more manageable and they occur less frequently . My life has SIGNIFICANTLY improved since beginning Celexa. Not only do I feel less anxious most of the time, but my social skills have improved. I'm not afraid to talk to people as much anymore. I know some people believe that antidepressants change who you are, but that is not true. If they do, that is not the drug for you. The right antidepressant is suppose to allow you to be who you are without (as much) anxiety. **IMPORTANT: You do have to be on the look out for drug interactions. There are many antibiotics you shouldn't take while taking Celexa including Cipro.**"

   
9.0

Liv from CA (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 9, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I personally think celexa worked very well for me. I got on it due to a lot of anxiety in college and I started to have panic attacks but then realized it helped with some depression as well. I was very foggy for the first 2 weeks and didn't feel like myself but stuck it out and it worked great for 3 months! I just got bumped up to 20mg because it seems to be wearing off but so far so great! stick with it."

   
8.0

Anonymous August 6, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I started taking Celexa about 1 1/2 weeks ago, started at 10 mg and upped to 20 three days ago. I had been on Zoloft prior for about 5 years but it stopped working. Was off of it for about 2 months before starting Celexa. Experiencing an increase of anxiety, tiredness and an overall sense of exhaustion. Does it get better, will these side effects go away eventually? My doctor said the increased anxiety is not caused by the meds. Yes I was anxious and needed something but my anxiety is much higher since taking the meds so I don't necessarily believe the doctor 100%. I want to stop taking it but I also want to feel "normal" and no these meds can be very helpful. Any advice would be greatly appreciated."

   
5.0

ZoeyP August 3, 2015

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"This medication did not help me. I took it the first time today and after a few hours waves of nausea came over me and I've been sick 5 times in the past few hours. I also seem to be clenching my jaw very tight and shaking. I will not be continuing this medication."

   
1.0

aJ78271 (taken for less than 1 month) July 28, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I battled with severe panic attacks and generalized anxiety. It got so bad that I was unable to leave the house. The panic attacks would happen everywhere and would feel dizzy, sweat, have palpitations, and diarrhea. I would eventually run out of the store crying. I turned to my doctor who recommended 20mg of Celexa. After about 5 weeks of pretty harsh side effects such as extreme tiredness, restlessness, and agitation, the panic attacks stopped. Thanks to Celexa, I got my life back and was able to go out again. It was a lifesaver. I've been on it for about two years now, and have started to successfully wean off. The reason I didn't give it a 10 is because it took a while to kick in and the side effects were pretty severe."

   
9.0

MisoCat July 27, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "Celexa 10 mg for social anxiety, 2 wk of side effects. IT WORKS. I can feel my emotions. (I would walk on glass to get another prescription). Tried Prozac and Zoloft with out success, they made me feel wired. However, everyone body are different. (Hang in there, it's worth the wait.)"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 26, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "June 23, Dr. prescribed 20 mg. of Celexa for social anxiety at work. I was running out of options. Thought I was going to have to stop working after 20 yrs. with the same company. My 15 year teen felt sorry for us. Tried Zoloft at first,made me very tired, more like a (zombie). The Celexa 20 mg. first dose, made me feel wired, scared, paranoid, more anxiety, I could not leave the house. A coworker who have very good success with Celexa recommended me to start with 1/4 mg. of a 10 mg. tablet and increase it when my body and mind work it out.....and it did! About every 5 days, However, the FIRST AND SECOND week I took off work and watch t.v. and went walking. Now I am at 10 mg. in 1 month. Social Anxiety gone,plan to increase to 15 mg."

   
10

Anonymous July 25, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "This medication was a magic heal for me. I had suffered from depression and severe anxiety issues for years, being tested with various medications, head shrinkers, etc. my most recent doctor first met with me he instantly suggested this medication. Within four weeks I felt better, at my follow up appointment after eight weeks my doctor could tell the improvement I had made socially. He suggested I increase dose, I've had no side effects from it, and have had decent improvement so far. Turns out he was right and now after 2 weeks increased dose I feel like a different person. I'm not nervous to speak to others, I'm not irritable, shy, or depressed like I was before. For me, this was what I needed. Social anxiety and depression in the past"

   
10

Jiff1912 July 23, 2015

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"This medication has saved my life!! I have always been a Type A person, a worry wart. However, as I approached my 40's I started having major anxiety attacks that left me feeling like I was going crazy. I was scared to death that I would never find relieve and was terrified about taking pills so I chose to go the natural route with herbs, meditation, exercise and diet. Those things helped but my anxiety was still out of control so I finally went to see a psych who prescribed Citalopram. The first 6 weeks were HELL with major increased anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite. My doc prescribed Ativan to help while the Citalopram started working but I was afraid to take them (stupid!). After 6 weeks (30mg) life was wonderful. I'll never go off"

   
10

thankfulmom July 21, 2015

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"Changed to this drug after being on mertazapine for 4 months and gaining 2 stone. At first had bad side effects of yawning and tiredness,but stuck with it and am so glad. Have no cravings or rise in hunger like i did with mert, and am generally much calmer. Suffer with anxiety /despression/ mild panic attacks.Definitely reccomend."

   
10

Rain1792 July 8, 2015

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"I found myself struggling with the day to day after my partner's gambling addiction reared its head once more & couldn't keep it together to move us forward again. Put simply, the Citalopram let me keep it together. I could see solutions to problems, I could recognise blips for what they were & not the end of the world, I stopped constantly churning the negatives around in my head. I still had depth of emotion - when sad things happened, I was sad - but was able to be rational about the choices I could make. I was on 20mg a day for just over a year, weaned off to 10mg a day then every other day & am now off it. My life problems are still there but Citalopram gave me the kick start I needed to stop crying & live."

   
9.0

glitterpuss (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 5, 2015

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"50 year old female here. About 10 years I have been on this; it really takes the edge off! Much more calming. Prior, I realized I was slowly becoming my father - irritable, impatient, angry, negative. Little things irritated me. Felt 'rushed' all the time. Got worse as I hit 40-ish. Tried a couple of other anti-anxiety/depressants prior to Citalapram (Celexa), but couldn't handle side effects. Being on Citalapram (20mg), which didn't take long to kick in, I did NOT experience any side effects! And most important (for me), did not reduce my sex drive at all! Yes, still achieve orgasms! Tried to wean myself off it a couple times over the years, and went right back to 'slowly becoming my father'. So I am staying on this."

   
10

Lenova2012 June 14, 2015

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"When first starting this medicine I thought it was a God send .. The first 5 days I was able to sleep a whole 8 hrs & wake up with energy and I wasn't nervous all the time. I was calm in stressful situations that I normally exploded in so I was happy but on the 6th day I experienced the WORSE panic attack I had ever experienced. I had had a couple of panic attacks before but nothing like this & it lasted hours. I prayed and cried. Called 911. Called my parents I thought my life was over! I read some of the reviews on here and seen how ppl said stick it out it works. So I informed my Doctor and decided to stick it out. I am now nervous all the time having stomach cramps and can't sleep I'm giving it up! I hate these feelings "

   
5.0

Miana (taken for less than 1 month) June 14, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I'm on my third day of Celexa! I have experienced a few side effects such as trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, tightened jaw and grinding my teeth, as well as loss of appetite and feeling as though I might be on cheap MDMA. I do feel as though it is helping with my anxiety because I already feel less stressed and I feel happier than I felt before. I do feel a bit paranoid though, because I read many reviews of people gaining weight so I'm trying to eat as healthy as possible."

   
7.0

Rachel514 June 10, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "I started taking Celexa for anxiety and bad stress. My BP was rising very high and couldn't sleep much. I'm now only on my 7 dose of 10 mg and I feel tired but I'm giving this new med time to work. It took me 6 months to safely get off of xanax my doc put me on after a injury in which caused much stress. My BP is now back to normal and I feel good a little tired but unlike other reviews I've read I don't eat as much and now am losing wt. But yes I also "hopefully just for now" have lost some interest in sex and I'm a male and its harder to climax. Think it will all get better but so far this is a good med for me."

   
8.0

Chrisman June 2, 2015

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Celexa (citalopram): "For years I thought medications could never help me to deal and solve my problems in life, which they can't. That being said my depression, which I never thought I had, was apparently there. My anxiety levels were high and I seemed to be acting out of my own way of thinking. Relationships were getting strained and friends and family seemed to be exiting my life. Once I talked with my doctor and he prescribed me 10mg first and then 20mg after the first week things changed. Granted it took about 3 weeks before I really started to feel such drastic changes in my thinking and my feelings. I started to feel like my old self again, happy, content, laughing with people and enjoying the person who I know is me!!"

   
8.0

The Sizzla (taken for less than 1 month) June 1, 2015

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"This drug definitely decreased my anxiety and depression A LOT. At first I started on 20 mg. I took it at night because they make me very drowsy. Three months later I was bumped up to 40 mg. I am extremely tired all day, everyday. The worst side effect for me is the weight gain. I work out 5 days a week and eat extremely well. This medicine has been packing 5 lbs on me a month average. Also, I am hungry (or at least my brain wants to eat) non-stop! I'm going off this medication because I talked to a nurse at my Dr. office who told me she gained 40 pounds on it. I'd recommend taking it IF you don't mind gaining weight, even regardless of exercise. I'm currently weening myself off of this medication after about 7 months on it."

   
5.0

Runner15151515 May 15, 2015

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"I started taking Citalopram 12 years ago as a teenage for anxiety and depression. I have consistently taken it as an adult for the past seven years for anxiety. I have found that my optimal dose is 20mg and also have a sprinkle of Clanazopam a day works best to treat my anxiety. Things as simple as be anxious to answer a phone are rarely an issue for me. I take it at night as it makes me tired and a little nauseous if I take it in the morning. My quality of life is better when I am using my medication regularly. I hope you find your right fit."

   
10

polcka19 May 14, 2015

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