Citalopram Reviews (Everything you need to know about Citalopram)

In this brief guide, we will look at some citalopram reviews, as well as some other details about citalopram, like citalopram side effects and what citalopram is used for. We will also look at specific reviews and information about citalopram and weight loss, citalopram and wight gain, and citalopram for anxiety and depression.

Citalopram Reviews

Citalopram is an antidepressant commonly used for depression and sometimes for anxiety, and here are some of the most descriptive citalopram reviews:

For Depression: “This drug saved my life. No, seriously. I started out on 10 mg, then went to 20 mg after 6 months as I felt like I was going back down again; I take this in combination with 150 mg lamatrogine to combat my bipolar and depression. It took me a lot of time, effort and doctors to find the right drug combo for me but this is it; I can finally live my life again. I no longer feel worthless, anxious to leave my house, like the world will catch fire. It legitimately saved my life.”

For Depression: “I am 68 and on 10 mg Celexa now for two weeks. Have not exp serious side effects. But did have some panic attacks and sleeplessness. I have a top psychiatrist in my area and he prescribed Busprione (BusPar) to help with stress and panic attacks. I had been taking Ativan for stress and the withdrawal was tough. Glad to be off that as it is an addictive ‘Bennie’ drug. BusPar is much less intense but works. For insomnia he prescribed Doxepin (50 mg low dose). This is another anti-depressant but used often as a sleep aid. It worked for me for two nights. However, for me had some constipation and urinary effects so stopped. But it will relax you and put you to sleep. Google Buspirone and Doxepin for more info. Hope this helps some.”

For Depression: “I’ve tried numerous tablets but these have made me feel amazing and its only 2 weeks! The first 4 days I’d take at night and the next day made me feel sick and drowsey but that all went after 5th day. I’m now my happy self no mood swings , no feeling down. Its amazing”

For Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: “Have taken Citalopram for a couple of months now. Only took about 48 hours to start working. I no longer have feelings of uncontrollable rage or crying irrationally. Wasn’t aware of how much anxiety I was experiencing everyday until it was gone. Have had a slight weight gain which is possibly related to less stress. I have also had my bloods done due to exhaustion and on iron tablets for low iron stores. Would recommend Citalopram to anyone who is struggling with PMDD.”

You may also want to consider other antidepressants and read their reviews to see what other people thought about them. Another commonly sought out review is the Sertraline review but people are also keen to compare Citalopram vs Sertraline.

Citalopram Reviews: Weight Loss

Here are some of the most helpful citalopram reviews for weight loss:

“For Borderline Personality Disorder: “I have BPD which makes me feel emotions to an extreme extent. I got bad to the point everyday I was crying couldn’t get out of bed or go out the house had anxiety over anything and everything was having panic episodes and intrusive thoughts, hearing voices all I just didn’t want to go on really couldn’t see a way out, decided to take citalopram (have been on it before and it worked wonders). I am day 3 this medicine always works straight away for me despite the doctor saying give it a month until it works properly. Since taking it I feel calm and happy none of the bad emotions have come up, a little anxiety came up but I only felt it mildly then it left. The first time I went on this medication it took my appetite and weight loss, hot flushes and was sleeping nearly all the time for the first month. This time I haven’t had any side effects at all it’s only day 3 but I feel amazing am getting out of bed early and getting on with my day, happy to go outside and Be in the world. My dose is 20 mg””

“I have been taken citalopram since I’m 19 years old, after an acute life event. I started with 20mg a day po which helped me for over 1 year. After 1 year I felt that my depression is coming back so I talked to my physician and we increased the daily dose to 40mg po. I am now taking this medication for over 6 years and for me its the one and only medication that helps. Yes I have had some side effects like loosing weight (15 pounds) trouble sleeping (5-6 h) a day max. and insomnia. But still I can finally start living my normal life which I could not do without this medication. I work as a Rn in a ED and see a lot of patients with depression, ptsd (like me) or other problems who don’t take any medications, which I would not recommend…”

“I’ve only been on celexa for a month, I am 5’5″ and I was 112lbs and they put me on 10mg, but it didn’t help at all, it made me start having panic attacks and anxiety attacks again I’m also on klonopin ((1mg twice a day)) for panic disorder and adderall ((20mg XR in the morning and 10mg IR at lunch time)) for inattentive adhd), I haven’t been any less depressed, and I’m 99lbs now and they just doubled my dose to see if that will work. I really hope it does, because right now I absolutely hate it. I’ve been eating more than I normally do but losing weight rapidly, and I’m already underweight. Celexa so far makes me feel like I’m on the verge of falling asleep almost 24/7; the rest of the time is when I’m having anxiety and panic attacks.”

Citalopram Reviews: Weight Gain

Citalopram can also cause weight gain, which is a much more common side effect that weight loss, and some of the user reviews that mention this problem are given below:

For Depression: “I used citalopram due to perceived depression. Actually I had a toxic home environment Citalopram caused huge weight gain almost overnight. It caused an animalistic hunger and screaming episodes (due to the family and citalopram caused it to be animal like) 7 years later I still struggle with my weight and put it on if I overeat even once. Weight gain does not run in my family”

For Anxiety and Stress: “I’ve been taking Citalopram for 8 months and it did work for me for my anxiety but my memory, usually good, has become very bad. I haven’t gained weight. You must only drink in moderation. Taste buds have changed. Lately I’ve had my social anxiety back and because I dread Christmas anyway they haven’t helped me over this period. They are worth taking but I’m due a review of them in the new year which is timely.”

For Anxiety and Stress: “ Yes citalopram does level your mood and stop the super highs and super lows but for me it also caused – weight gain, sleeping problems and erectile dysfunction. These actually made me so miserable that it ended up counter acting the good the meds were actually doing. I took them for five years and I went cold turkey a few weeks ago and now feel like a new man. I would definitely say either try something else or better still steer clear of meds entirely.”

Citalopram Reviews for Anxiety

Citalopram may be an antidepressant, but it is also used for anxiety, and to understand how it helps, here are some citalopram reviews for anxiety:

For Anxiety and Stress: “I have been taking this citalopram medication since last year summer 2019. Each time I have taken it, it has really helped me calm down for my anxiety. This year I have been taking it since February as I started feeling anxious and weird again. Like I feel like I don’t know where I am and what room I’m in and overthink any little unwell feeling I get. Particularly with my nose throat and chest. It has been so much better these last 6 months however these last few days I feel anxious again and I do not know why. Does this mean I need to increase my dose or just carry on with the 20mg I have been taking these past few months?”

For Panic Disorder: “I’ve been on this drug citalopram for 3 weeks, I had been on sertraline before which worked well for my panic/anxiety but gave me tummy issues. I’m still struggling with the increased anxiety. Calling GP tomorrow to chat, hoping this is normal and will aim to carry on to the 6 weeks.”

For Anxiety and Stress: “It doesn’t cure anxiety but it Helps manage it with other lifestyle and cognitive changes.”

For Anxiety and Stress: “I’ve been blessed to not have many of the side effects for citalopram. The primary one I DO have is that of basically numb genitals. Climaxing is a thing of the past. I didn’t realize how much citalopram has been helping my anxiety and stress until I tried to stop taking it, as I have some upcoming meds that aren’t supposed to be mixed with it. After about a week of not taking citalopram, I was back to being certain that I shouldn’t stay alive anymore. Went back on them, and I seem to be much better again. I still am depressed, and I still have anxiety, especially for the first hour I’m awake in the morning. But I’m alive, so yippee.”

For those who take CBD for anxiety and are curious if you can take CBD with citalopram as well then this guide will provide you further info.

Citalopram Side Effects

Now that we have looked at some of the Citalopram reviews, let us look at some of the common as well as uncommon citalopram side effects:

  • Dry mouth 
  • Drowsiness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • blurred vision 
  • Excessive yawning 

The citalopram side effects given below are much more serious and if you get any of them you must reach out to your healthcare provider right away:

  • Shaking (tremor)
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Changes in sexual ability
  • Easy bruising/bleeding.
  • Fainting
  • fast/irregular heartbeat
  • black stools
  • vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Seizures
  • eye pain/swelling/redness
  • widened pupils
  • Vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night).

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at some citalopram reviews, as well as some other details about citalopram, like citalopram side effects and what citalopram is used for. We also looked at specific reviews and information about citalopram and weight loss, citalopram and wight gain, and citalopram for anxiety and depression.

Citalopram is a commonly prescribed antidepressant but that does not mean that you should not look for information about it as it can affect people very differently, like any other medication.

If you have any questions or comments about citalopram reviews or side effects, or any other information regarding this antidepressant, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Citalopram Reviews

How quickly does citalopram work on anxiety?

Citalopram works fairly quickly on anxiety, but one should not expect to see results for about 1 or 2 weeks after starting the citalopram treatment.

In some cases, it may also take citalopram about 4 and 6 weeks to give the full benefits in anxiety and you should not stop taking citalopram after 1 or 2 weeks if you feel that it is not helping your symptoms yet.

Is citalopram a strong antidepressant?

Yes, citalopram is a very strong antidepressant, in fact, it is considered to be the strongest one, except for escitalopram which is more useful in acute phase depression.

Citalopram (brand names: Cipramil and Celexa) is an antidepressant drug in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class.

Does citalopram help with anxiety?

Yes, Citalopram can can help with anxiety, and another antidepressant often used to help with anxiety is alprazolam, commonly known as Xanax.

Citalopram is an antidepressant and as such it is mainly used to treat depression but sometimes it may be used off-label for anxiety. Alprazolam may also be used to treat panic attacks. 

Citations

https://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/citalopram/reviews#:~:text=I%27ve%20been%20on%2010,it%27s%20only%20been%204%20weeks.

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Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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