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 1,485 701
Major Depressive Disorder 1,221 599
Post-traumatic stress disorder 256 142
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 209 130
Mild Depression 204 106
Anxious mood 171 101

Show all 189 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 156
Moderate 298
Mild 395
None 662

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 64
Nausea 51
Weight gain 46
Sex drive (libido) decreased 45
Emotional numbness or flatness 41
Anxious mood 39

Show all 329 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 123
40 mg daily 81
60 mg daily 46
10 mg daily 43
80 mg daily 14
30 mg daily 12
20 mg twice daily 6
10 mg twice daily 5
40 mg twice daily 3
20 mg three times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 658
Side effects too severe 395
Doctor's advice 387
Other 252
Personal research 85
Course of treatment ended 79
Expense 36
Change in health plan coverage 30
See all 1376 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 39
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 87
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 198
1 - 6 months 273
6 months - 1 year 232
1 - 2 years 229
2 - 5 years 236
5 - 10 years 118
10 years or more 100
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1129
Usually 263
Sometimes 55
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 49
Somewhat hard to take 114
A little hard to take 245
Not at all hard to take 1103
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 20
$25-49 65
< $25 801
Not specified 618

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 38
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 36
Citalopram (Celexa) 35
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 17

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 38
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 35
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 34
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 28
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 23

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching to

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129 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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Ingrid64
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Ingrid64
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I have:
MS

See Ingrid64's full Fluoxetine history

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have found it provides a barely noticeable but important benefit in terms of keeping my emotions on an even keel without making me feel like I have no emotions.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 64
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

See gagafor2's full Fluoxetine history

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
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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
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