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 1692 854
Major depressive disorder 1651 856
Post-traumatic stress disorder 403 235
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 247 166
Mild depression 216 119
Anxious mood 187 114

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  • 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 215
Moderate 350
Mild 499
None 854

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 72
Sexual dysfunction 70
Weight gain 64
Nausea 63
Anxious mood 45
Vivid dreams 36

Show all 290 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 109
40 mg daily 76
60 mg daily 34
10 mg daily 28
80 mg daily 19
30 mg daily 10
40 mg twice daily 6
20 mg twice daily 5
20 mg three times daily 3
10 mg m,w,f 2

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 830
Side effects too severe 487
Doctor's advice 474
Other 298
Personal research 100
Course of treatment ended 89
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1703 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 81
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 91

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 287
1 - 6 months 307
6 months - 1 year 267
1 - 2 years 274
2 - 5 years 292
5 - 10 years 150
10 years or more 139
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1439
Usually 329
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 81
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 61
Somewhat hard to take 138
A little hard to take 305
Not at all hard to take 1414
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 75
< $25 1001
Not specified 810

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 83
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 63
Citalopram (Celexa) 57
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 45
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 40

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 83
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 79
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 74
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 64
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 45

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching to

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136 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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

Apr 29, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for dependent personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (daytime tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

Apr 14, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for dependent personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

Jun 1, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (daytime tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel more tired

Jan 27, 2011 (Started Jan 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (daytime tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel more tired, asleep during the day I feel little less dazzling pain but it works less than clonopin used to few side effects no weight disorder provoqued
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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