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 1,598 791
Major Depressive Disorder 1,430 770
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 325 199
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 232 153
Mild Depression 207 109
Anxious mood 179 108

Show all 193 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 201
Moderate 323
Mild 451
None 777

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 68
Weight gain 58
Nausea 57
Sex drive (libido) decreased 51
Anxious mood 44
Emotional numbness or flatness 41

Show all 354 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 189
40 mg daily 133
60 mg daily 62
10 mg daily 51
80 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 14
20 mg twice daily 13
40 mg twice daily 8
20 mg three times daily 5
10 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 729
Side effects too severe 434
Doctor's advice 418
Other 273
Personal research 92
Course of treatment ended 83
Expense 36
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1512 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 76
2 - 5 years 109
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 136

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 236
1 - 6 months 298
6 months - 1 year 246
1 - 2 years 240
2 - 5 years 258
5 - 10 years 131
10 years or more 114
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1309
Usually 300
Sometimes 65
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 281
Not at all hard to take 1278
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 22
$25-49 71
< $25 924
Not specified 727

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 62
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 52
Citalopram (Celexa) 44
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 31

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 55
Sertraline (Zoloft) 54
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 52
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 47
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 30

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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131 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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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

See COOPERATI's full Fluoxetine history

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: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See kaitmeister's full Fluoxetine history

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
gridly1
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gridly1
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F57y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See gridly1's full Fluoxetine history

Feb 14, 2017 (Started Oct 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Depressed mood, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 16, 2016 (Started Oct 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Depressed mood, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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