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 1,612 803
major depressive disorder 1,462 787
post-traumatic stress disorder 339 208
persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 234 156
mild depression 208 111
Anxious mood 181 109

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 203
Moderate 325
Mild 457
None 795

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluoxetine

Side effect Patients
Sexual dysfunction 69
Nausea 58
Weight gain 58
Sex drive (libido) decreased 51
Anxious mood 44
Emotional numbness or flatness 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluoxetine

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 193
40 mg daily 139
60 mg daily 63
10 mg daily 49
80 mg daily 28
30 mg daily 14
20 mg twice daily 13
40 mg twice daily 7
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 738
Side effects too severe 439
Doctor's advice 422
Other 275
Personal research 92
Course of treatment ended 85
Expense 38
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 1531 patients who've stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 74
1 - 2 years 77
2 - 5 years 112
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 141

Stopped taking Fluoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 301
6 months - 1 year 249
1 - 2 years 243
2 - 5 years 260
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 116
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1328
Usually 305
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 58
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 284
Not at all hard to take 1302
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 23
$25-49 73
< $25 940
Not specified 735

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 65
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 55
Citalopram (Celexa) 47
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 34
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 32

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fluoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 57
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 53
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 49
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 34

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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133 patient evaluations for Fluoxetine

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: 2 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
MDD

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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