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 1,527 731
Major Depressive Disorder 1,279 641
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 278 157
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 212 131
Mild Depression 205 107
Anxious mood 175 104

Show all 190 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 167
Moderate 306
Mild 412
None 703

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 64
Nausea 53
Weight gain 50
Sex drive (libido) decreased 48
Emotional numbness or flatness 41
Anxious mood 40

Show all 338 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 143
40 mg daily 95
60 mg daily 59
10 mg daily 48
30 mg daily 18
80 mg daily 18
20 mg twice daily 8
10 mg twice daily 6
40 mg twice daily 5
60 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 678
Side effects too severe 400
Doctor's advice 392
Other 256
Personal research 88
Course of treatment ended 79
Expense 37
Change in health plan coverage 31
See all 1410 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 99
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 99

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 209
1 - 6 months 278
6 months - 1 year 236
1 - 2 years 231
2 - 5 years 244
5 - 10 years 121
10 years or more 101
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1188
Usually 274
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 67
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 52
Somewhat hard to take 121
A little hard to take 254
Not at all hard to take 1161
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 20
$25-49 67
< $25 843
Not specified 651

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 48
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 42
Citalopram (Celexa) 37
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 25
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 23

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 44
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 44
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 32
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 26

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching to

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129 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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Ingrid64
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Ingrid64
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I have:
MS

See Ingrid64's full Fluoxetine history

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have found it provides a barely noticeable but important benefit in terms of keeping my emotions on an even keel without making me feel like I have no emotions.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 64
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

See gagafor2's full Fluoxetine history

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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sweetad
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See sweetad's full Fluoxetine history

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
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