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 1,641 823
Major depressive disorder 1,521 813
Post-traumatic stress disorder 365 223
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 239 161
Mild depression 211 113
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 205
Moderate 334
Mild 472
None 809

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

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

Show all 356 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 185
40 mg daily 136
60 mg daily 47
10 mg daily 42
80 mg daily 29
20 mg twice daily 12
30 mg daily 9
40 mg twice daily 6
20 mg three times daily 3
50 mg daily 2

See all 36 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 760
Side effects too severe 449
Doctor's advice 439
Other 278
Personal research 95
Course of treatment ended 85
Expense 39
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1567 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 119
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 139

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 243
1 - 6 months 309
6 months - 1 year 258
1 - 2 years 248
2 - 5 years 265
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 120
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1368
Usually 307
Sometimes 66
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 291
Not at all hard to take 1336
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 74
< $25 955
Not specified 759

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 71
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 56
Citalopram (Celexa) 48
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 37
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 35

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 60
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 60
Sertraline (Zoloft) 59
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 51
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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