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 1,612 802
major depressive disorder 1,460 786
post-traumatic stress disorder 339 208
persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 234 156
mild depression 208 111
Anxious mood 181 109

Show all 194 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 202
Moderate 325
Mild 457
None 794

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 68
Nausea 58
Weight gain 58
Sex drive (libido) decreased 51
Anxious mood 44
Emotional numbness or flatness 41

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 198
40 mg daily 138
60 mg daily 65
10 mg daily 46
80 mg daily 26
30 mg daily 15
20 mg twice daily 12
40 mg twice daily 8
20 mg three times daily 5
10 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 736
Side effects too severe 438
Doctor's advice 422
Other 275
Personal research 92
Course of treatment ended 84
Expense 38
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1528 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 74
1 - 2 years 76
2 - 5 years 113
5 - 10 years 104
10 years or more 141

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 300
6 months - 1 year 249
1 - 2 years 242
2 - 5 years 260
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 115
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1328
Usually 303
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 58
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 283
Not at all hard to take 1301
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 73
< $25 940
Not specified 733

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 64
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 55
Citalopram (Celexa) 47
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 34
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 32

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 57
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 52
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 49
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 33

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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133 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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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
COOPERATI
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COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

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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
kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
MDD

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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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