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User Reviews for Citalopram

Also known as: Celexa

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7.3/10 Average Rating
639 Ratings with 575 User Reviews

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Celexa (citalopram): "I have been on 20 mg of citalopram for 2 years. Just recently increased to 40 mg 6 months ago. The medication does help tremendously but I am thinking of possibly adding Wellbutrin to get my sex drive back and more energy. Ever since increasing to 40 mg I am really hungry all of the time & blah. I still feel blue :( just my personal experience, maybe my brain has had enough of SSRI’s. Don’t be afraid of trying this medication though because it really does help when you’re in a dark place. Good luck please stay in close touch with your doctors through the process and if they aren’t helping then switch. Good luck xo"

   
9.0

Nicole (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 12, 2018

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"I;ve been on citalopram for 3 months. From 2,5 to 20mg a day. I finally started feeling some changes after they increased my dose at 20, but the side effects got worse. I was very tired all the time, even with the lower dose. I had to buy energy drinks all the time to stay awake. I have 1 year old son and it was so hard to take care of him. I was so tired all the time. My anxiety and depression did not improve, they worsened, especially my depression. I put on about 6-7 kilograms for 3 months, I can't fit in my clothes, and my depression got worse as I put on so much weight. I am 23 and I have never been 63 kg, when I was pregnant I was 61 in the 9th month, and now I am bigger! I am really shocked. I just couldn't stop eating. I was feeling dizzy, sick, couldn't travel to college as I was getting too dizzy. It was definitely not the med for me. I couldn't sleep during the night, even tho I was so tired all the time, I was like a zombie. I didn't like the pill at all."

   
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Eva (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 5, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "I found Celexa to be very helpful. I experienced virtually no physical side effects. As far as psychological, I found that it caused me to be a bit colder and more rational minded, rather than feelings oriented. That had its positives and it’s negatives. I also found while I was on it, I was less creative- though I’m not really sure if that was the Celexa or the aftermath of the depression. I will say: DO NOT go off this cold turkey. I attempted this because I was feeling better. It affected me with physical symptoms and emotional. Google for the typical symptoms. It was extremely unpleasant."

   
8.0

BriannaB (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 27, 2018

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"Worst experience! I took ONE half of a tablet (which was 10mg). I didn’t sleep for 3 days. It gave me the worst anxiety, couldn’t eat a thing and was so out of it and felt stoned. It took days to recover. Never again! I have since taken Zoloft and had no issues like this."

   
1.0

Anon June 26, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "I am 24 yr old female. I was on Celexa for my depression, for two weeks. After the first dose, I began to have severe hallucinations, mostly in the evening, in dark rooms with no direct light, and when I closed my eyes. Everything became checkered, usually the walls. They would move in waves and I also started seeing shadowy figures. It was very overwhelming and scary. This was the first medication I was prescribed for my depression, so I thought this was normal and would settle down after some time, so I continued to take it. After those first two weeks my hallucinations and paranoia had gotten so bad that I finally called my doctor and she had me stop taking Celexa immediately."

   
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VPA (taken for less than 1 month) June 25, 2018

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"I am now trying slowly to come off citalopram. Not because it didn’t work it did but maybe too much. I was an emotional person up and down. Don’t get the down anymore great. But don’t get the up at all anymore. I have realised that that is better than any down. I feel labotimised and my whole personality has changed. I know there will be times of severe depression but maybe that’s the pay off for the highs. I will not be ever going onto SSRI’s again."

   
6.0

Bri (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 16, 2018

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"Taking on top of 80 mgs of Paxil for re-occurring depression. Works ok. Still not totally dealing."

   
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HK (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 8, 2018

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"I have been on Citalopram for a month and have lost my ability to have an erection. I had no problems in the past and as I took the medication I noticed a decline. Now 30 days in I am completely limp. There are many blogs that blame this medication for lack of sex drive as a side effect. I still have the desire but lack the ability to get an erection. Is there anybody who has experienced this and rode it out? How long does it take?"

Icemantr June 8, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "I have never left a review of a medication, and as a clinical provider, I am arguably THE WORST patient EVER! After a major MVA, I suffered several injuries, and was in constant pain for almost two years. The pain and inability to move due to a spinal injury caused me to fall into a deep depression. I'd suffered with anxiety most of my life, but found alternative methods of coping. I typically make 15k or better steps a night during my ER shifts, so to suddenly be unable to move, I was floored! My neurologist recommended I try an SSRI (Celexa) temporarily to help with my being depressed, and I reluctantly agreed. I was adamant about not taking SSRI's as I don't like anything fooling around in my brain. But it worked. I had minimal side effects, and even they eventually subsided within the first month of use. Thankfully, I no longer require the use of any SSRI, as I am two years post the accident, but I am grateful that it was available to me when I needed it."

   
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DocMed May 16, 2018

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"I have been clinically depressed for over a decade but got diagnosed with Bipolar II last year. I initially started taking Lamotrigine (generic for Lamictal) shortly after my diagnosis, which helped level me out, however I was still depressed. My psychiatrist suggested I try adding Celexa to help combat the depression, and while I was a bit hesitant given that I had been on other antidepressants that did little for me, I gave it a shot, and I am so glad that I did! I have only had very mild bouts of depression that are fleeting, usually around my period as I also have PMDD. I have felt significantly better consistently for the past six months, which is literally a record for me. Also, I haven't seemed to have any side effects while taking this, which is always a plus. I took one star off only because I am taking this in conjunction with a mood stabilizer, and therefore I'm not sure how well it would or wouldn't work as a standalone medication."

   
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Kim May 9, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "I am taking Citalopram at 2.5 mg. Very low dose as high doses can send me to a psychiatric ward. I have a very sensitive system. It has worked very well for me at that dose. This medication has helped me continue to work and live life. Side effects: spacey, slow thoughts, feeling of “high”, sweaty palms, equilibrium off a bit due to feeling “high”. Someone here said that healthy eating and exercise will solve all depression and anxiety problems. That is not true. I practice healthy eating, go to therapy and exercise daily yet it has not solved depression issues. Some here have experienced terrible issues with this medication. 10mg to start off with is not for everyone. I am disappointed that the medication doesn’t offer 1mg for us who are highly sensitive. The overdosing that happens more often than not, is an issue. Listen to your body it will tell you how it’s reacting to the dosage. Thank you for reading."

   
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Tulip May 6, 2018

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"This drug has made a startling difference to my life. I have been taking a 20mg dose since February 2016. I also suffer from chronic pain so was in a ever decreasing circle. I now have no cares in the world which is distinct from how wrapped up I was in my problems. I was close to suicide and out of control. That is all behind me. The only problem I have is extreme tiredness. I work from home and sometimes nod off and sleep so deeply I have difficulty waking up. If I am occupied I can work through it. My wife tells me I am human again. For her sake I wished I had gone to a doctor earlier."

   
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Paul (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 27, 2018

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"I was diagnosed with clinical depression at a young age and been on and off different medications for a while and nothing was working. I didn’t get out of bed for weeks and couldn’t work or go to college so I was put on citalopram. After two weeks it started lifting my energy levels and I started leaving the house I’m now on my fifth week and I’m catching up with college and functioning everyday, I can feel my emotions come back to me cause when I’m having a episode I’m completely empty. I feel like myself again and it’s great! Having all these emotions back makes me feel human instead of feeling like a empty shell for weeks to months on end. I deal with some side effects like a lot of sweating, decreased sex drive and a bit of insomnia which is something I can deal with because I feel better as a person. I’m going to start taking it in the morning so can I beat this insomnia."

   
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Jo (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 27, 2018

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"The best antidepressant medication on the market. I went from 10mg to 20mg to 40mg. I am at the highest level that my PCP has allowed. I have no side effects and it has caused me to drop from 0.5mg four clonazepam a day down two. My doctor recommended me to try splitting my 40mg dose of citalopram in half twice a day and it has helped. I will never ever again be on Zoloft as had huge depression and suicidal thoughts on it, I was taking 2 100mg pills a day. What a huge difference in my life citalopram has made for me. I have even recommended to my neighbor for his mom and others."

   
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Georgia Baldwin (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 19, 2018

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"This was an horrific experience for me. Nausea fatigue and felt worse than I ever had in my life. Complete zombie! Dr suggested 10mg then 20 then 30 then 40mg until I ended up at such a low ebb I called the SAMARITANS who failed to answer. These are not the answer. Simply a plaster for the problem that lies beneath."

   
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Jesusmonkey (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 18, 2018

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"Celexa has been the best decision I have made. I am 25 years old and suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, and ADHD. I was previously on Lexapro and Abilify, but they stopped working for me so my psychiatrist recommended Celexa. This medication helps me relax, and has lifted me from the dark hole I have lived in for years. It gives me a burst of energy, motivation and life, and has even allowed me to lower my dose of Adderall XR significantly without any withdrawals. I had previously tried to lower my ADHD meds, but the withdrawals were so bad and I was so depressed that I always ended up back on my high dose, feeling guilty and fearful. The only side effect I have experienced on and off is insomnia, however it is slowly improving as I approach my 3rd month on it."

   
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Xoxo92 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 15, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "This medication was extremely dangerous for me. When I began taking it I started to sweat profusely, I had a terrible headache, I was nauseous and shaking uncontrollably. Luckily, I was at an impatient facility. The psychiatrist immediately stoped the medication and told me I was suffering from Seretonin overdose AKA Seretonin syndrome which can be deadly. I was so pale I started to turn grey. Once the medication was out of my system it took about a week to feel better. "

   
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Bipolar18 (taken for less than 1 month) April 13, 2018

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"I began taking this medicine about six months ago after experiencing severe depression/anxiety for two years. After about six weeks, my mood improved substantially and has been on the upswing ever since. After not working for two years, I now have a job at a mental health facility and have begun to enjoy many basic daily things I had previously lost. I feel like myself again."

   
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Whit (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2018

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"I was put onto Citalopram 10mg after I was diagnosed with depression. I had probably been battling it for 9 months, I got to a point where I just didn't want to live. The first 2 weeks I noticed some difference, wasn't crying for no reason at the end of the day, I felt my mood was a little more stable. First week, maybe 2, I experienced mild lethargy for about 3 hours after taking it, yawning, and I felt a little sort of delayed in my reactions. It took 12 weeks on 10mg to feel like myself again. I was always a happy, confident person, that knowledge that my brain was 'out' and my beautiful wife and little son just kept me going. No other side effects, no sexual or weight side effects at 10mg. It's saved my life and I'm enjoying every moment with my son, just like I thought I would, but my brain just needed help to reset. I think if you can manage on the lowest dose possible, do it."

   
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Dave March 23, 2018

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"Not gonna lie, Citalopram saved my life. It's the best thing. But when you first start it, you feel like a whole other person b ut when it kicks in you feel great. Honestly I'm happy my doctor recommended it."

   
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Stixxxx (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 21, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "This med work pretty good for depression and anxiety. However I gained over 25 pounds in 4 months and stopped taking it due to massive weight gain."

   
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Mickey (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 28, 2018

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"I have been on this medication for about 8 months now and I went through every side effect possible but I stuck with them. I went from 10mg to 40mg and now I'm on 30mg . I felt like death every day before I tried these tablets. I had brain fog, the works I had no control over my feelings and I felt like this for 20 years without getting help but because I'm a man I knew best. But now I see a therapist fortnightly and take 30 mg every day and life is looking up . But I must warn you these is no quick fix and they take months to work properly so please be patient. Because I am proof that they do work."

   
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Yam_yam666 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 14, 2018

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"Going on week 8 and am only now starting to slowly feel the fog lift a bit. I don’t know if this is going to be the drug for me. I feel it works better than Paxil which did absolutely nothing for me. I don’t know if there is a better medication out there for me. Maybe I’m hard to treat."

   
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It’s me February 12, 2018

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Celexa (citalopram): "Just another Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. At least they don't make me sick. 40 mg at bed time. I have tried all the other ones, and have had some bad side effects. I don't think it does anything ,but my doc thinks for sure if I stop taking it I would feel worse. If he would get my records from mental health from about 25 years ago he would see I was taking 60mg for about six months, with no effect. I feel I am just another payday every 3 months to him."

   
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Jim Beam works,Bad side effect February 3, 2018

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"This worked well for months but stopped working so they upped the dose but didn't help anything so stopped taking them. The only side effect I had was feeling drowsy."

   
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depressedfaye January 31, 2018

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