What is Fluoxetine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Prozac Lovan Fluxene Show all

false

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 1,557 754
Major Depressive Disorder 1,348 695
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 298 174
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 220 138
Mild Depression 206 107
Anxious mood 175 104

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 177
Moderate 312
Mild 430
None 737

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 67
Nausea 54
Weight gain 52
Sex drive (libido) decreased 49
Emotional numbness or flatness 41
Anxious mood 40

Show all 342 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 155
40 mg daily 110
60 mg daily 57
10 mg daily 55
80 mg daily 23
30 mg daily 14
20 mg twice daily 11
10 mg twice daily 8
40 mg twice daily 6
60 mg twice daily 3

See all 34 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 702
Side effects too severe 414
Doctor's advice 407
Other 260
Personal research 90
Course of treatment ended 81
Expense 37
Change in health plan coverage 31
See all 1458 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 100
5 - 10 years 94
10 years or more 111

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 223
1 - 6 months 287
6 months - 1 year 242
1 - 2 years 235
2 - 5 years 252
5 - 10 years 124
10 years or more 106
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1240
Usually 284
Sometimes 61
Never taken as prescribed 71
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 53
Somewhat hard to take 131
A little hard to take 264
Not at all hard to take 1208
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 21
$25-49 70
< $25 876
Not specified 682

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 53
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 49
Citalopram (Celexa) 38
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 28
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 25

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 49
Sertraline (Zoloft) 47
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 46
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 41
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 28

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

131 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

1,322 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

kaitmeister
36327 thumb
kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
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
Ingrid64
Portrait default thumb
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
gagafor2
86527 thumb
gagafor2
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

See gagafor2's full Fluoxetine history

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
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 131 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine