Citalopram for Depression and Anxiety
Citalopram for Depression
Citalopram is used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). Its antidepressant efficacy is similar to other SSRIs, but is slightly weaker than that of escitalopram5.
Citalopram has a much lower potential for drug interactions than other SSRIs. So it is suitable for elderly people and those with coexisting disorder. Withdrawal symptoms after its discontinuation are relatively mild.
How long before Citalopram works?
While every person is different, you may notice improvement in your depression within 1 to 4 weeks. It can take up to 6-8 weeks to feel the full antidepressant effect.
Citalopram in Dementia
Depression is common in elderly, including those with dementia.
Citalopram is a choice for the treatment of depression in persons with dementia. It helps reduce psychosis (such as hallucinations, delusions, and suspicious thoughts) and agitation in dementia1 (non-depressive agitation).
It's worth to note that citalopram appears to reduce behavioural disturbances in the elderly independently of its antidepressant action.
Citalopram for Anxiety
Citalopram is commonly used to treat generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and panic attacks. It is also useful for various anxiety disorders in adolescents and elderly2.
Celexa vs Lexapro for anxiety
Both are effective. Some studies show escitalopram works faster and is more powerful than citalopram in reducing anxiety and depression 3.
Citalopram for IBS
Citalopram has a favourable effect on symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), such as abdominal pain, bloating, impact of IBS symptoms on daily life, and abnormalities in bowel pattern 4.
Citalopram may be useful for constipation-predominant IBS, but can trigger IBS attacks in diarrhea-predominant persons.
Author: OriginalDrugs Team