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 1,675 846
Major depressive disorder 1,624 843
Post-traumatic stress disorder 397 234
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 246 166
Mild depression 215 118
Anxious mood 187 113

Show all 191 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 210
Moderate 343
Mild 492
None 845

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 71
Sexual dysfunction 70
Weight gain 64
Nausea 62
Anxious mood 45
Emotional numbness or flatness 43

Show all 307 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 147
40 mg daily 113
60 mg daily 47
10 mg daily 42
80 mg daily 23
30 mg daily 11
40 mg twice daily 8
20mg as needed 3
daily 3
10 mg twice daily 2

See all 30 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 817
Side effects too severe 475
Doctor's advice 471
Other 293
Personal research 99
Course of treatment ended 87
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1677 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 115
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 132

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 281
1 - 6 months 303
6 months - 1 year 264
1 - 2 years 271
2 - 5 years 288
5 - 10 years 149
10 years or more 134
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1419
Usually 322
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 300
Not at all hard to take 1395
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 76
< $25 990
Not specified 792

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 80
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 60
Citalopram (Celexa) 53
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 42
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 40

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 77
Sertraline (Zoloft) 74
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 72
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 63
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 41

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching to

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137 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

Jul 1, 2017 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Un fortunately, this stopped working for me after having taken it for years. It WAS effective at one time though.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 12, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 23, 2017 (Started Mar 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for persistent worrying)
  • 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 worrying)
  • 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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