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 1,458 677
Major Depressive Disorder 1,188 572
Post-traumatic stress disorder 243 132
Mild Depression 205 108
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 205 125
Anxious mood 171 101

Show all 192 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 150
Moderate 288
Mild 382
None 637

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 63
Nausea 48
Weight gain 44
Sex drive (libido) decreased 42
Emotional numbness or flatness 41
Anxious mood 39

Show all 326 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 112
40 mg daily 80
60 mg daily 43
10 mg daily 33
80 mg daily 15
30 mg daily 10
20 mg twice daily 6
10 mg twice daily 5
10 mg m,w,f 2
40 mg twice daily 2

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 646
Side effects too severe 388
Doctor's advice 376
Other 244
Personal research 81
Course of treatment ended 78
Expense 35
Change in health plan coverage 29
See all 1351 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 83
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 82

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 193
1 - 6 months 271
6 months - 1 year 227
1 - 2 years 222
2 - 5 years 233
5 - 10 years 116
10 years or more 99
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1088
Usually 251
Sometimes 55
Never taken as prescribed 63
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 47
Somewhat hard to take 109
A little hard to take 237
Not at all hard to take 1064
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 21
$25-49 62
< $25 776
Not specified 592

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 37
Citalopram (Celexa) 33
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 30
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 21
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 15

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 34
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 33
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 31
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 25
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 20

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching to

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127 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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sweetad
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sweetad
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See sweetad's full Fluoxetine history

Sep 3, 2016 (Started Sep 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 14, 2010 (Started Sep 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 29, 2008 (Started Sep 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Seclorum
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Seclorum
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Seclorum's full Fluoxetine history

Aug 18, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Tim the Enchanter
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Tim the Enchanter
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
42 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Tim the Enchanter's full Fluoxetine history

Apr 28, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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