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 1,626 815
major depressive disorder 1,492 797
post-traumatic stress disorder 351 216
persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 236 157
mild depression 209 112
Anxious mood 183 110

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 205
Moderate 330
Mild 464
None 797

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 69
Nausea 59
Weight gain 58
Sex drive (libido) decreased 54
Anxious mood 45
Emotional numbness or flatness 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 183
40 mg daily 148
60 mg daily 61
10 mg daily 42
80 mg daily 30
30 mg daily 13
20 mg twice daily 13
40 mg twice daily 8
20 mg three times daily 6
10 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 748
Side effects too severe 444
Doctor's advice 429
Other 273
Personal research 92
Course of treatment ended 85
Expense 39
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1544 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 135
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 150

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 303
6 months - 1 year 254
1 - 2 years 245
2 - 5 years 262
5 - 10 years 134
10 years or more 117
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1346
Usually 304
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 288
Not at all hard to take 1315
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 73
< $25 947
Not specified 744

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 67
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 57
Citalopram (Celexa) 47
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 34
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 58
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 58
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 56
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 48
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 34

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

133 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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

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
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