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 1,657 836
Major depressive disorder 1,564 831
Post-traumatic stress disorder 377 230
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 243 164
Mild depression 211 114
Anxious mood 184 110

Show all 182 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 208
Moderate 336
Mild 482
None 829

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 69
Nausea 60
Weight gain 59
Decreased sex drive (libido) 47
Anxious mood 45
Emotional numbness or flatness 42

Show all 362 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 165
40 mg daily 136
60 mg daily 50
10 mg daily 44
80 mg daily 29
30 mg daily 9
20 mg twice daily 6
40 mg twice daily 6
20 mg three times daily 3
400 mg daily 3

See all 36 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 780
Side effects too severe 461
Doctor's advice 450
Other 283
Personal research 95
Course of treatment ended 87
Expense 40
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 1605 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 97
10 years or more 131

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 253
1 - 6 months 309
6 months - 1 year 261
1 - 2 years 257
2 - 5 years 271
5 - 10 years 137
10 years or more 129
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1395
Usually 312
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 58
Somewhat hard to take 137
A little hard to take 296
Not at all hard to take 1364
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 76
< $25 970
Not specified 777

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 76
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 60
Citalopram (Celexa) 52
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 37
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 67
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 64
Sertraline (Zoloft) 63
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 55
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 36

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

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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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