Skip to main content

User Reviews for Citalopram to treat Depression

Also known as: Celexa

Citalopram has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 670 ratings for the treatment of Depression. 63% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 17% reported a negative experience.

Citalopram rating summary

7.2/10 average rating

670 ratings from 714 user reviews.

Compare all 188 medications used in the treatment of Depression.

10
27%
9
20%
8
16%
7
7%
6
6%
5
5%
4
3%
3
4%
2
4%
1
10%

Reviews for Citalopram

Lefty · July 12, 2021

Celexa (citalopram): “I was suffering severe depression when my child was diagnosed with cancer. I am in my early 50’s. I lost 25 pounds in a matter of weeks. I went to the doctor because I was in a constant state of trying not to cry. I have taken Celexa for a month, and I feel normal. I realize now that I have been suffering from at least mild depression and anxiety for years. I don’t remember feeling normal like this ever. I believe I would have been a much better husband and father all of these years if I would have dealt with this earlier. It’s like the first time when I wore prescription lenses. I didn’t realize how bad my vision was until I could see clearly. I feel the same about what Celexa has done for my mood. My range of emotions are narrow and smoother rather than the wide range and spiking (or plummeting) emotions. PS, child’s cancer (following radiation and chemotherapy), is undetectable. Child still has one more round of chemotherapy to go.”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Celexa User · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 22, 2019

Celexa (citalopram): “Yes, yes, and yes....Celexa has let me live again. I've tried all other medications for depression with no results at all. My energy level has improved and I am now doing more activities now. My concentration and memory has improved a lot. No more waking up in the morning not wanting to live, and no more ocd, or constantly checking things over and over again. I am sharing my experience with this medicine because there might be someone else like myself that has major depression that is struggling...”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Anonymous · March 25, 2008

Celexa (citalopram): “I responded after one week. The side effects (lethargy, some bowel problems) are the only reason i didnt rate this medicine a 10. After 44 years of excessive anxiety and depression I finally feel like I can be "myself" instead enslaved to unreasonable thoughts and frustrations. Ironically, I avoided these types of meds for years, instead "self medicating" with alcohol and cynicism. Had I switched to this years ago maybe I would still be married to a wonderful woman. Sad, but true.”

8 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
nellie · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · May 18, 2020

Celexa (citalopram): “I want to write this review to anyone struggling with OCD. I have been struggling with OCD for years, and was put on Celexa. Let me tell you, it helps immensely. It did not work right away, and there are some initial side effects (nausea yuck!). I take it in the morning 40 mg. My OCD doctor is wonderful (highly recommend seeing a specialist in OCD). And she stated that for OCD this drug is safe to even go up even higher dose if necessary. I want to write this to give people HOPE. I was in a very very dark place with my OCD, I felt I would never escape the pain and discomfort of OCD. It did not work right away (which is normal), but once I got up to 30mg after a month or so I started to see improvement. This medication SAVED ME!! Truly Thank you to whoever created this medication, it is life saving for those of us who struggle with OCD and depression. Please anyone out there who has OCD starting this, be patient with yourself, find a good doctor, and know that there IS HOPE!!!”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Anonymous · January 29, 2010

Celexa (citalopram): “I've been taking Celexa for about 2 months now and my life is completely different. I have been struggling with depression on and off for about 14 years now. It was getting really bad for me, I was at the point where I couldn't control my emotions at all. It made me very drowsy at first, but that subsided after a couple of weeks. I feel so much better inside and people around me can tell a distinct difference too. I like the fact that it doesn't make me emotionless, just that my emotions aren't so strong and out of control. I still get sad, but that is a normal human emotion. I am so thankful that there are ways to make people like me feel better. Depression is a disease, not a choice.”

9 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
ash12345 · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 9, 2013

Celexa (citalopram): “I have been on Celexa for 2 months. I was very reluctant and had tried several in the past (couldn't get past the side effects). I didn't feel great the first couple weeks, but it wasn't awful. After 3 weeks, I felt better, more relaxed, and happier. I didn't feel much different, just started enjoying things more (as they should be). I smile more and laugh more - I get excited about things (I haven't felt excitement in a LONG time). I'm so happy I stuck with this one and it has truly worked for me. Also, I've had trouble accepting an anti-depressant as a treatment option because I have no reason to be depressed - great life, kids, job, husband. But, I was. I guess it's my brain chemistry, but it is what it is. This works!”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Gaye · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 22, 2020

Celexa (citalopram): “Before starting Celexa I was always tired, depressed and angry. Now that I started Celexa my mood is better I have more energy and I don’t fly off the handle about small things. I feel alive again I am very happy I started taking Celexa”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo

Frequently asked questions

MavsFan · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 23, 2020

Celexa (citalopram): “I'll let you know.. Before taking celexa 40mg I would always over think or think people were using me somehow but not anymore! If a thought runs across my mind it stops in its tracks!! I have to admit it has changed my life for the better”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Yikes · Taken for 1 to 2 years · April 7, 2020

Celexa (citalopram): “I started on 10 mg of Celexa in 2016, after 7 years of depression and suicidal ideation. Once the drug began to take effect I had 3-4 months of feeling neurotypical. My only side effect during this time was trails of movement and rainbow auras around lights. This, however, was a very small price to pay for finally feeling good. Month 5 I entered an unshakable state of numbness. I began sleeping through full days again. I was unable to feel empathy for others. After a year or so of all-consuming numbness, I began slipping. By the end of the 2nd year, I had spiraled into the darkest place I have ever been in my life. Suicide was the only thing on my mind. I had such violent intrusive thoughts that I could hardly sleep, I could hardly lay still even. I no longer take Celexa and my head is much more clear. P.S. it does get better. I know, I know, everyone says that. But trust me. Your situation will change, you will adapt. Stay strong, please.”

2 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
baker90 · March 7, 2008

Celexa (citalopram): “I was fortunate to have found an effective method of treatment for my depression after trying only a few different medications. I began with Lexapro, which gave me drymouth, provided little relief and resulted in an uncomfortable feeling if a dosage was missed. Cymbalta gave me a constant headache. I started on 20mg of Celexa and after a few weeks I felt more like myself. I have been taking 40mg for three years and have had great results with few side effects. Mild decreased in sex drive.”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
imhavingagreatday · Taken for less than 1 month · February 4, 2014

Celexa (citalopram): “I've been diagnosed with moderate depression in December. I've been in therapy with a psychologist since October. I lost my job, didn't go to school, broke up with my boyfriend, I was pretty much a mess. I had no motivation whatsoever. I basically secluded myself. I started Celexa 3 weeks ago and WOW oh WOW. I feel so happy. People noticed that I've changed and seriously the first week on Celexa was hard but it's so worth it. Stick with it, give it a chance. The only problem I have with Celexa is that it takes me forever to achieve orgasm but whatever I still have a sex drive which is very good. I got my boyfriend back, yay. Now I'm back to school, found a new job. I mean I got my life back on track and I am so happy with the results.”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
K-Murr · October 29, 2013

Celexa (citalopram): “I've been on 10 mg of Citalopram for 6 months. Honestly, I've always been skeptical regarding anti-depressants (SSRIs), but once I quit being stubborn and finally started on this medication...just, thank goodness. Citalopram has essentially saved my life. I feel like the me I SHOULD be; as in, this drug didn't turn me emotionless/zombielike; it simply enhanced me and has brought me back to life. I'm happier, more confident, and so thankful that I've gotten myself out of an abyss of chronic sadness. I have experienced a few side effects such as SUPER vivid dreams and more difficulty self-lubricating before sex, but in the scope of things it's totally manageable. Also, I did NOT gain weight, so don't let that possibility scare you off!!”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Tommye Leemann · December 10, 2008

Celexa (citalopram): “After years of trying everything from self medication to prescription drugs, Celexa has proven to be the best (for me). My marriage has been saved and countless friendships as well. I have no side effects on this medication and I love that. I have tried countless others and they either had terrible side effects or just did not work at all. I'm not a bit sorry I tried it, and will stay on it, as I am tired of not feeling like a whole person without it.”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Anonymous · July 27, 2009

Celexa (citalopram): “I was on 100mg of Zoloft a day for 6 years and suddenly my depression symptoms were coming back quickly. When I spoke to my Doctor, she suggested Cymbalta or Abilify as a supplement to the Zoloft, but as I am uninsured, they were way too expensive. She suggested we try Celexa and I weaned off of the Zoloft while slowly increasing the dosage of the Celexa to 20mg. So far, so good. I actually wish I had been taking it all along, because I have more energy, have actually lost some of the weight I gained on Zoloft, and the sexual side effects are not nearly as bad as the Zoloft. Everyone is different, but I highly recommend it.”

9 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
melissa9 · May 20, 2014

Celexa (citalopram): “I am 28 year old female. I was prescribed 10 mg. I read a lot of reviews on Celexa where people said they felt a difference the first week and was starting to get really disappointed when I felt no different in that time frame. I have been on it for exactly 7 weeks now and am just now starting to notice a difference. My interests have returned, I have more energy, and I am able to focus. Overall I am definitely happier and don't feel down in the dumps anymore. The only side effect I had was it made me very tired in the beginning but that has gone away completely. For me, Celexa is working!”

9 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
beok · Taken for 1 to 6 months · April 5, 2013

Celexa (citalopram): “I have suffered with depression and anxiety for the past five years. Gained almost 100lbs due to emotional eating and no energy to work out. I have tried Zoloft and Paxil and I stopped because I felt numb. Not depressed anymore but not happy or even content.....just numb. Just a month ago I started taking 10mg of Celexa and I finally feel like my old self. Suddenly I'm interested in things again and I'm not suffering from negative thoughts racing in my brain. I am hopeful and I have confidence that I can handle situations like I used to. I hated leaving my house, almost as much as I hated being left alone with my children. Now all is calm.”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Yinchy · Taken for less than 1 month · June 14, 2021

Celexa (citalopram): “I have depression that sometimes makes it impossible for me to leave the house. I took celexa several years ago and if memory serves, I was euphorically happy. Over the course of the last 2 years, I have tried everything under the sun but nothing has helped. Three days ago, I started taking Celexa again. I’ve been sleeping almost continuously for three days. I’m so sad, I can’t clean my house or do much of anything really. I’m praying that this lack of motivation goes away. I will update as soon as I feel any change.”

3 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Gaye · Taken for 1 to 6 months · July 1, 2019

Celexa (citalopram): “I have been on Celexa for a few months and I feel so much better my mood is better and I had very little side effects. I tried other medication and would feel worse but Celexa is doing the job I know a few other people that take Celexa and they also say it works for them. I haven’t felt this happy in a very very long time ”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
MommySusan1 · September 13, 2009

Celexa (citalopram): “I have suffered from depression off and on for years and have taken Zoloft in the past. This time it didn't seem to be working. I also was hit with overwhelming anxiety because of my husband's job difficulties. The doctor prescribed Celexa a couple of months ago. After 3 weeks, I was ready to give up on this because it took longer to kick in than Zoloft. I also had terrible dry mouth and food just didn't taste good. But the Doctor bumped me up to 60 mg and that really did the trick. I only have dry mouth when I first wake up in the morning and food tastes good again. My hubby said that on Zoloft I was more "flat emotioned" but on the Celexa, I have the normal ups and downs that everyone else has. The only negative is that I am on the tired side, but not terribly bad. It is a lot better than wanting to jump in front of a bus. I urge everyone to give this a try and stick with it. Good luck!”

9 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
albeaj12 · Taken for 1 to 2 years · June 1, 2021

“Citalopram has truly pulled me out of two episodes of mild depression. My depression has always been situational, meaning situations I found myself in that I could not easily escape. One such situation was my brother's own Schizophrenia, and its corresponding symptoms. Being exposed to his episodes & not having good coping mechanisms led to my first episode of depression. I have COVID to thank for the second one. The great news! Citalopram pulled me out each time, although the second time took a handful of weeks longer for it to work. This helped me to feel completely normal again, instead of constantly feeling like everything is pointless. I decided to right this review because it basically got rid of my depression, TWICE! Be patient on it though, and stick to it!”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
brix · Taken for 1 to 6 months · November 20, 2013

Celexa (citalopram): “I have absolutely no complaints about Celexa. I've been on 20mg for about a month and a half now, and I feel like a huge weight has just been lifted off of me. I spend so much less of my day thinking about things that upset me, and I'm much more capable of just letting negative thoughts go and not letting them affect me. As a college student, I've dealt been dealing with a tremendous amount of social and academic stress. I was very weary about getting on an antidepressant out of fear of being "judged", but in retrospect getting on Celexa may be the best decision I've ever made. I couldn't help but to post on here and share my experience. It certainly took a little while to kick in, but be patient. I am feeling happy like I haven't in years!”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Keepit100 · Taken for less than 1 month · December 31, 2014

Celexa (citalopram): “I've suffered from depression/social anxiety for years. After a recent breakup, my depression spiraled out if control. My doc put me on Remeron for about a month which did nothing Except help me sleep. In the past I've taken: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Lexapro and Buspar. I was just prescribed 20mg Celexa a week ago and WOW-the constant racing cynical voices have been silenced-instead of picturing worst case scenarios I'm picturing best case scenarios-I haven't felt this "at peace" feeling for SO LONG. I'm excited, because the dark cloud is lifting more by the day. I haven't experienced any side effects.”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
1happiergirl · July 5, 2015

Celexa (citalopram): “Week1 dizziness, nausea, no appetite, foggy feeling, stomach growling. Week 2 same as before plus sweating, bad GERD,and insomnia. Almost stopped but decided to stick it out. Week 3 everything slowly disappeared. Now on week 4, much calmer, lost weight about 8 lbs, blood pressure dropped to normal readings, I have more energy now I am walking everyday, still feel like myself, not numb like some reported . Reason started was I had 2 deaths in a month and was losing it. In the past I have tried Prozac, lexapro, effexor, Zoloft and many others nothing has worked as well as celexa. My advice give it time, be patient . Like many things it's worth waiting for. Good Luck to all!!”

9 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Maciej G · Taken for 1 to 2 years · January 31, 2020

“My psychiatrist told me to take citalopramen 20mg I have been doing so 1.5 years. I was able to get out of huge mood swings, negative visualisation, sort of seeing scary things that aren't there, crying without a reason, being angry without much of a reason to be that angry. It took around 2 months to start working in full throttle. For me no side affects maybe sleepiness, heat waves but not hard to overcame regarding the help it gives me I feel relaxed, calm in control of myself. I have been taking it 1.5 years. Each day 20 mg is the minimum dose for it to work well. Do visit the doc from time to time run a heart EC test. I am 39 otherwise a gym attending healthy guy. I had a breakdown when my dad died and I got divorced. I wanted to quit drinking and smoking so I also had symptoms related to quitting those abruptly. I managed it, it was a very very hard battle with my own demons, doubts, people telling me antidepressants are poison and its better to smoke weed...”

10 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo
Anonymous · August 2, 2009

Celexa (citalopram): “This medication has wiped out almost all of my daily bouts of depression. For the longest time I would have depression daily and now to be free of this burden, this weight, it's like living in a different body. I love feeling more up beat, even the days when its simply a good casual uneventful day. I am happy and content.”

9 / 10
Was this helpful?YesNo

This information is not intended to endorse any particular medication. While these reviews may be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, knowledge, and judgement of healthcare professionals.