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 1,631 819
Major depressive disorder 1,503 801
Post-traumatic stress disorder 358 221
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 238 159
Mild depression 209 112
Anxious mood 184 110

Show all 198 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
Severe 206
Moderate 332
Mild 469
None 800

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 69
Nausea 59
Weight gain 59
Sex drive (libido) decreased 54
Anxious mood 45
Emotional numbness or flatness 42

Show all 358 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 184
40 mg daily 143
60 mg daily 62
10 mg daily 39
80 mg daily 27
20 mg twice daily 13
30 mg daily 11
40 mg twice daily 7
20 mg three times daily 5
90 mg daily 3

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 755
Side effects too severe 445
Doctor's advice 434
Other 274
Personal research 95
Course of treatment ended 85
Expense 39
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1555 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 128
5 - 10 years 95
10 years or more 145

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 308
6 months - 1 year 256
1 - 2 years 246
2 - 5 years 263
5 - 10 years 135
10 years or more 118
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1356
Usually 305
Sometimes 66
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 58
Somewhat hard to take 135
A little hard to take 289
Not at all hard to take 1325
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 73
< $25 951
Not specified 751

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 71
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 56
Citalopram (Celexa) 47
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 35
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 34

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 59
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 59
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 57
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 50
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 35

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

134 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Nov 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pseudobulbar affect)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Yes increasing to 4o mg a day has totally eliminated all crying and increased my over all sense of well being. :)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2016 (Started Nov 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for SIADH)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pseudobulbar affect)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 40mg enables me to watch movies, without crying. I also think it has uplifted my outlook on life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2015 (Started Nov 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for SIADH)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i'm going to increase the dosage from 30 mg to 40 mg, since 30 mg is not quite sufficient to totally stop crying.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 23, 2017 (Started Mar 24, 2010)

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

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Mar 24, 2010)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg All the time (24/7)

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks
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