The dose of citalopram that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Citalopram Dosing for more information on this topic.)
Citalopram can potentially interact with a number of medicines.
(Click Drug Interactions With Citalopram for more information about these possible interactions.)
Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, citalopram is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, citalopram side effects can occur or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to citalopram. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Celexa Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for citalopram and Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)