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 1,583 777
Major Depressive Disorder 1,399 742
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 315 192
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 228 148
Mild Depression 207 109
Anxious mood 179 107

Show all 193 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 192
Moderate 321
Mild 441
None 765

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 67
Nausea 56
Weight gain 55
Sex drive (libido) decreased 50
Anxious mood 43
Emotional numbness or flatness 41

Show all 352 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 180
40 mg daily 127
60 mg daily 63
10 mg daily 53
80 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 16
20 mg twice daily 10
40 mg twice daily 10
10 mg twice daily 7
20 mg three times daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 718
Side effects too severe 426
Doctor's advice 414
Other 264
Personal research 91
Course of treatment ended 83
Expense 37
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 1488 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 62
1 - 2 years 74
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 132

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 229
1 - 6 months 295
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 240
2 - 5 years 254
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 112
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1283
Usually 294
Sometimes 63
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 56
Somewhat hard to take 135
A little hard to take 273
Not at all hard to take 1255
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 21
$25-49 70
< $25 907
Not specified 714

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 60
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 51
Citalopram (Celexa) 42
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 31
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 29

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 51
Sertraline (Zoloft) 50
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 47
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 42
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 29

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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132 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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kaitmeister
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See kaitmeister's full Fluoxetine history

Feb 23, 2017 (Started Jan 19, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
gridly1
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gridly1
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F57y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See gridly1's full Fluoxetine history

Feb 14, 2017 (Started Oct 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Depressed mood, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 16, 2016 (Started Oct 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Depressed mood, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Ingrid64
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Ingrid64
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I have:
MS

See Ingrid64's full Fluoxetine history

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have found it provides a barely noticeable but important benefit in terms of keeping my emotions on an even keel without making me feel like I have no emotions.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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