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 1,670 842
Major depressive disorder 1,608 837
Post-traumatic stress disorder 397 236
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 246 165
Mild depression 213 117
Anxious mood 186 111

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
209
Moderate
343
Mild
485
None
835

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 70
Weight gain 64
Nausea 62
Decreased sex drive (libido) 50
Anxious mood 45
Emotional numbness or flatness 43

Show all 366 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 169
40 mg daily 140
60 mg daily 50
10 mg daily 40
80 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 9
40 mg twice daily 8
20 mg twice daily 3
daily 3
1 mg daily 2

See all 42 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 807
Side effects too severe 470
Doctor's advice 463
Other 289
Personal research 98
Course of treatment ended 88
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 38
See all 1651 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 61
2 - 5 years 115
5 - 10 years 106
10 years or more 130

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 279
1 - 6 months 301
6 months - 1 year 263
1 - 2 years 261
2 - 5 years 279
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 134
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1405
Usually 316
Sometimes 70
Never taken as prescribed 81
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 58
Somewhat hard to take 137
A little hard to take 298
Not at all hard to take 1379
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 76
< $25 977
Not specified 787

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 79
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 60
Citalopram (Celexa) 53
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 38
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 38

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 69
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 69
Sertraline (Zoloft) 68
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 59
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 39

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching to

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135 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

Jan 17, 2018 (Started Mar 18, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mood swings)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 7, 2016 (Started Mar 18, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mood swings)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm taking 40mg of Fluoxetine daily and not taking Provigil, seems to be helping with fatigue.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 26, 2012 (Started Mar 18, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mood swings)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I think I need a bigger dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 8, 2010 (Started Mar 18, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mood swings)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I always take 20mg of this right after 200mg of Provigil. The purpose is to counter the fiesty mood Provigil puts me in.
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: 80 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 worry)
  • 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 worry)
  • 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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