What is Prozac?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Fluoxetine

Prozac® is a brand name for fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). 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 729 317
Major depressive disorder 473 235
Anxious mood 95 54
Post-traumatic stress disorder 81 49
Fibromyalgia 64 33
Obsessive-compulsive disorder 62 28

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 74
Moderate 117
Mild 162
None 292

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prozac

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 30
Nausea 27
Decreased sex drive (libido) 26
Weight gain 23
Anxious mood 21
Emotional numbness or flatness 19

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prozac

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 61
40 mg daily 46
10 mg daily 21
60 mg daily 14
80 mg daily 11
30 mg daily 3
40 mg twice daily 3
1.5 mL daily 1
10 mg m,w,f 1
20 mL daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Prozac

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 290
Side effects too severe 179
Doctor's advice 178
Other 107
Personal research 39
Course of treatment ended 37
Change in health plan coverage 19
Expense 16
See all 620 patients who've stopped taking Prozac

Duration

Currently taking Prozac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Prozac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 104
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 119
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 480
Usually 109
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 92
Not at all hard to take 490
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 3
$50-99 11
$25-49 26
< $25 347
Not specified 257

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prozac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 19
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 18
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Citalopram (Celexa) 14
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prozac and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 28
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 26
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 26
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 18
Citalopram (Celexa) 15

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching to

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59 patient evaluations for Prozac

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

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

Aug 18, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive 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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