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 729 318
Major depressive disorder 477 239
Anxious mood 95 54
Post-traumatic stress disorder 81 49
Fibromyalgia 64 33
Obsessive-compulsive disorder 63 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 78
Moderate 116
Mild 163
None 296

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prozac

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 30
Nausea 27
Decreased sex drive (libido) 25
Weight gain 23
Anxious mood 21
Headaches 17

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Prozac

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 48
40 mg daily 39
10 mg daily 21
60 mg daily 19
80 mg daily 12
40 mg twice daily 3
30 mg daily 2
20mg as needed 2
1.5 mL daily 1
10 mg m,w,f 1

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Why patients stopped taking Prozac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 292
Side effects too severe 182
Doctor's advice 179
Other 107
Personal research 40
Course of treatment ended 37
Change in health plan coverage 19
Expense 16
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Duration

Currently taking Prozac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Prozac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 93
1 - 6 months 104
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 98
2 - 5 years 120
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 57
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 487
Usually 110
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 93
Not at all hard to take 496
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 3
$50-99 11
$25-49 26
< $25 350
Not specified 262

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Prozac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 20
Sertraline (Zoloft) 19
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 19
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 14
Citalopram (Celexa) 14

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Prozac and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 28
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 27
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 27
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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