What is Fluoxetine?

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Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, moderate to severe bulimia nervosa, obsessive compulsive and panic disorders. It may also be used for selective mutism and dementia related agitation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 1686 851
Major depressive disorder 1669 868
Post-traumatic stress disorder 399 230
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 241 163
Mild depression 215 118
Anxious mood 187 116

Show all 185 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 213
Moderate 364
Mild 510
None 851

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 72
Sexual dysfunction 70
Nausea 68
Weight gain 66
Anxious mood 44
Vivid dreams 37

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 65
40 mg daily 45
10 mg daily 24
60 mg daily 21
80 mg daily 10
30 mg daily 5
40 mg twice daily 4
20 mg three times daily 2
3200 mg twice daily 2
0.4 mL daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 840
Side effects too severe 492
Doctor's advice 471
Other 296
Personal research 100
Course of treatment ended 90
Expense 42
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1717 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 66

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 290
1 - 6 months 311
6 months - 1 year 272
1 - 2 years 269
2 - 5 years 298
5 - 10 years 156
10 years or more 140
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1458
Usually 331
Sometimes 68
Never taken as prescribed 81
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 138
A little hard to take 307
Not at all hard to take 1429
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 75
< $25 1018
Not specified 813

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 85
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 65
Citalopram (Celexa) 60
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 47
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 41

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 88
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 84
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 80
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 63
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 50

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching to

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138 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

May 27, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for complex post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It has very little effectiveness against intrusive thoughts but no side effects at all so I keep taking it. I think I could have a higher dose without any problems but they say 60mg is the maximum

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 9, 2019 (Started Feb 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea, decreased sex drive (libido), vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 7, 2018 (Started Feb 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea, decreased sex drive (libido), vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 11, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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