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 1,670 841
Major depressive disorder 1,617 838
Post-traumatic stress disorder 398 234
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 246 166
Mild depression 215 117
Anxious mood 185 111

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 207
Moderate 344
Mild 487
None 838

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 69
Weight gain 64
Nausea 62
Decreased sex drive (libido) 51
Anxious mood 44
Emotional numbness or flatness 43

Show all 361 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 165
40 mg daily 115
60 mg daily 49
10 mg daily 46
80 mg daily 27
40 mg twice daily 10
30 mg daily 9
20 mg twice daily 3
daily 3
1 mg daily 2

See all 35 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fluoxetine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 813
Side effects too severe 472
Doctor's advice 466
Other 291
Personal research 98
Course of treatment ended 87
Expense 41
Change in health plan coverage 37
See all 1664 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 41
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 101
10 years or more 128

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 281
1 - 6 months 300
6 months - 1 year 264
1 - 2 years 266
2 - 5 years 285
5 - 10 years 148
10 years or more 133
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1409
Usually 318
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 137
A little hard to take 300
Not at all hard to take 1382
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 76
< $25 984
Not specified 784

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 79
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 60
Citalopram (Celexa) 53
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 40
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 38

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 73
Sertraline (Zoloft) 71
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 71
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 62
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 40

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching to

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137 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

Apr 7, 2018 (Started Feb 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido), diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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 29, 2017 (Started Nov 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pseudobulbar affect)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Yes increasing to 4o mg a day has totally eliminated all crying and increased my over all sense of well being. :)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2016 (Started Nov 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for SIADH)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pseudobulbar affect)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 40mg enables me to watch movies, without crying. I also think it has uplifted my outlook on life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2015 (Started Nov 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for SIADH)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i'm going to increase the dosage from 30 mg to 40 mg, since 30 mg is not quite sufficient to totally stop crying.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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