Citalopram was first synthesized in 1972 by scientists at the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck and was first marketed in 1989 in Denmark. It was first marketed in the US in 1998. The patent expired in 2003, allowing other companies to legally produce generic versions. Lundbeck has released escitalopram and acquired a new patent for it. In the United States, Forest Labs manufactures and markets the drug.
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Citalopram is sold under these brand-names:
- Akarin (Denmark, Nycomed)
- C Pram S (India)
- Celapram (Australia, New Zealand),
- Celexa (U.S. and Canada, Forest Laboratories, Inc.)
- Celica (Australia)
- Ciazil (Australia, New Zealand)
- Cilate (South Africa)
- Cilift (South Africa)
- Cimal (South America, by Roemmers and Recalcine)
- Cipralex (South Africa)
- Cipram (Turkey, Denmark, H. Lundbeck A/S)
- Cipramil (Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia)
- Cipraned, Cinapen (Greece)
- Ciprapine (Ireland)
- Ciprotan (Ireland)
- Citabax, Citaxin (Poland)
- Citalec (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
- Citalex (Iran, Serbia)
- Citalo (Australia, Egypt)
- Citalopram (USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada)
- Citol (Russia)
- Citox (Mexico)
- Citrol (Europe and Australia)
- Citta (Brazil)
- Dalsan (Eastern Europe)
- Denyl (Brazil)
- Elopram (Italy)
- Estar (Pakistan)
- Humorup (Argentina)
- Humorap (Peru, Bolivia)
- Oropram (Iceland, Actavis),
- Opra (Russia)
- Pram (Russia)
- Pramcit (Pakistan)
- Procimax (Brazil)
- Recital (Israel, Thrima Inc. for Unipharm Ltd.)
- Sepram (Finland)
- Seropram (various European countries, including Czech Republic)
- Szetalo (India)
- Talam (Europe and Australia)
- Temperax (Chile, Peru, Argentina)
- Vodelax (Turkey)
- Zentius (South America, by Roemmers and Recalcine)
- Zetalo (India)
- Zylotex (Portugal)
In the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence ranking of 10 antidepressants for efficacy and cost-effectiveness citalopram is fifth in effectiveness (after mirtazapine, escitalopram, venlafaxine, and sertraline) and fourth in cost-effectiveness. The ranking results were based on the meta-analysis by Andrea Cipriani. In another analysis by Cipriani, citalopram was found to be more efficacious than paroxetine and reboxetine, and more acceptable than tricyclics, reboxetine, and venlafaxine, but less efficacious than escitalopram.
Citalopram is licensed in the UK and other European countries  for panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia. The dose is 10 mg/d for a week, increasing to 20–30 mg/d, with a maximum of 40 mg/d.
Off-labelCitalopram is frequently used off-label to treat anxiety, panic disorder, dysthymia premenstrual dysphoric disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive–compulsive disorder.
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