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 1,599 792
Major Depressive Disorder 1,431 771
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 326 199
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 233 154
Mild Depression 207 109
Anxious mood 179 108

Show all 194 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 201
Moderate 323
Mild 451
None 781

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 68
Weight gain 58
Nausea 57
Sex drive (libido) decreased 51
Anxious mood 44
Emotional numbness or flatness 41

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 191
40 mg daily 132
60 mg daily 63
10 mg daily 51
80 mg daily 26
20 mg twice daily 15
30 mg daily 14
40 mg twice daily 6
20 mg three times daily 5
10 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 729
Side effects too severe 433
Doctor's advice 417
Other 273
Personal research 92
Course of treatment ended 83
Expense 37
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1512 patients who’ve stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 76
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 138

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 235
1 - 6 months 299
6 months - 1 year 246
1 - 2 years 240
2 - 5 years 258
5 - 10 years 131
10 years or more 114
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1313
Usually 300
Sometimes 65
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 281
Not at all hard to take 1282
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 22
$25-49 72
< $25 926
Not specified 728

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 62
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 53
Citalopram (Celexa) 44
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 31

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 55
Sertraline (Zoloft) 54
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 52
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 47
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 30

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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133 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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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
COOPERATI
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COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

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May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg All the time (24/7)

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks
kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See kaitmeister's full Fluoxetine history

Feb 23, 2017 (Started Jan 19, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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