2 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine taken for the purpose of 'anxious mood' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Slight

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Oct 15, 2014 (Started Feb 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depression related to pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 4, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itchy rash, somnolence, sexual dysfunction, sleepiness, vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm sensitive to most medications: the rash kicks in for me at about 15 mg daily, at 10 mg daily I oversleep, so I was down to 5 mg a day. When I could only get capsules, this meant taking 10 mg every other day. Sexual adverse effects seemed to lessen over time. Discontinued for a trial of venlaxafine (Effexor), an SNRI.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness, somnolence, itchy rash, vivid dreams, sexual dysfunction

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Oct 23, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (itchy rash, sexual dysfunction, vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The rash was scary because unexpected. There are conflicting reports about whether such a rash or hives is serious, but common 'net advice is to discontinue and check with your doctor: http://www.google.com/search?q=fluoxetine+rash+hives Adverse effects seem to lessen over time. Because of the long half-life, titration up or down should probably be done slowly and in the smallest increments practical in order to accurately judge effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness, somnolence, itchy rash, vivid dreams, sexual dysfunction

  • 0 helpful marks
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