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 1,680 848
Major depressive disorder 1,631 848
Post-traumatic stress disorder 399 234
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 246 166
Mild depression 215 119
Anxious mood 187 113

Show all 185 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 211
Moderate 346
Mild 495
None 850

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 70
Sexual dysfunction 70
Weight gain 64
Nausea 62
Anxious mood 45
Vivid dreams 35

Show all 295 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 144
40 mg daily 94
60 mg daily 44
10 mg daily 34
80 mg daily 24
30 mg daily 10
40 mg twice daily 8
20 mg twice daily 4
20mg as needed 3
daily 3

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 822
Side effects too severe 478
Doctor's advice 472
Other 294
Personal research 100
Course of treatment ended 88
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1688 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 90
10 years or more 129

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 284
1 - 6 months 303
6 months - 1 year 265
1 - 2 years 272
2 - 5 years 291
5 - 10 years 149
10 years or more 137
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1429
Usually 323
Sometimes 70
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 138
A little hard to take 301
Not at all hard to take 1404
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 76
< $25 994
Not specified 800

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 80
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 60
Citalopram (Celexa) 54
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 43
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 39

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 79
Sertraline (Zoloft) 76
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 73
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 65
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 42

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

137 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

Aug 6, 1997 (Started Feb 23, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 1997 (Started Jan 01, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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