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 1683 850
Major depressive disorder 1657 862
Post-traumatic stress disorder 401 234
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 242 163
Mild depression 215 118
Anxious mood 187 116

Show all 184 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 360
Mild 505
None 849

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 71
Sexual dysfunction 70
Nausea 67
Weight gain 66
Anxious mood 45
Vivid dreams 37

Show all 291 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 87
40 mg daily 69
60 mg daily 33
10 mg daily 20
80 mg daily 17
30 mg daily 5
40 mg twice daily 5
50 mg daily 2
20 mg three times daily 2
0.4 mL daily 1

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 835
Side effects too severe 489
Doctor's advice 470
Other 297
Personal research 99
Course of treatment ended 88
Expense 42
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1707 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 80

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 286
1 - 6 months 310
6 months - 1 year 272
1 - 2 years 270
2 - 5 years 295
5 - 10 years 152
10 years or more 139
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1446
Usually 329
Sometimes 70
Never taken as prescribed 82
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 1418
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 76
< $25 1011
Not specified 808

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 86
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 63
Citalopram (Celexa) 58
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 46
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 40

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 86
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 82
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 77
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 64
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 46

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching to

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137 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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