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User Reviews for Fluoxetine

Also known as: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Rapiflux, Sarafem, Selfemra

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Binge Eating Disorder
9.0
   
4 reviews 1 medications
Borderline Personality Disorder
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3 reviews 0 medications
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
8.7
   
85 reviews 47 medications
Bulimia
8.5
   
35 reviews 7 medications
Postpartum Depression
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3 reviews 7 medications
Hot Flashes
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21 reviews 17 medications
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
8.0
   
79 reviews 11 medications
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
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1 review 0 medications
Panic Disorder
7.9
   
70 reviews 19 medications
Anxiety and Stress
7.6
   
347 reviews 9 medications
Major Depressive Disorder
7.3
   
63 reviews 46 medications
Trichotillomania
7.2
   
2 reviews 3 medications
Depression
7.2
   
454 reviews 80 medications
Persistent Depressive Disorder
7.0
   
1 review 3 medications
Fibromyalgia
5.7
   
6 reviews 20 medications
Schizoaffective Disorder
2.7
   
1 review 27 medications
Summary of Fluoxetine reviews 7.5 1,175 reviews

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: "I've been 3 months on Prozac feel like zombie, not wanting get up in morning and not sleeping properly"

   
1.0

Deedee (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 13, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I’m 29 and have had severe anxiety most of my life. I have an overwhelming sense of being on-edge, nervousness and general uncomfortability. Went to rehab for benzodiazepines and opiates where I was prescribed 20mg Prozac. one a day for over a year but ran out of insurance and stopped taking it. I had the most crippling anxiety and wouldn’t even go out to the mailbox because I was so nervous about everything, don’t get me started about driving on a freeway! I was desperate and almost caved in to my self-prescribed meds that will work. Went to the Dr and got on prozac 40 mg a day, with 15mg Busprisone 2x, with Propanolol 10mg 3x a day and it really helps. I could feel the buspar help with my nerves on the road almost within the first week. I started getting the content/ slightly euphoric effects of the Prozac a tickle at 2-3 weeks and I could tell a big difference now at 5-6 weeks. The propranolol is like my go to for a panic situation, like the DMV, store, or having to share in a group."

   
8.0

NamedNikki August 11, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: "Awful!! I never felt worse than when I was on this drug. I had constant nausea, no appetite, huge intense mood swings. 10/10 do NOT recommend this"

   
1.0

19 year old girl (taken for less than 1 month) August 8, 2018

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For Trichotillomania: "It takes a while to get used to the drug, it will make your OCD spike a few times, I also have severe anxiety and it may raise it a bit. Overall pretty good for trichotillomania, I have a head full of hair since January 2017"

   
9.0

Jujustu (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 8, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Prozac is the only medication that has worked for my OCD especially with my intrusive thoughts repetitive behavior and homicidal thoughts; I'm a high functioning sociopath w/manic depressive bipolar disorder and extreme anxiety... unfortunately the prozac doesn't completely take care of my anxiety/panic attacks so I was put back on xanax [PRN] I also take Seroquel/lamactil (i do have seizures) diazepam when seizure activities are present."

   
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Lucia (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 8, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: "I lived life trying to fake it until I could make it. I lived like I was an extrovert but inside I felt like a worthless daughter, wife, mother and friend. I worked myself into a state of being physically ill & nearly died. When discovered that I subconsciously attempted a long term suicide, I woke up to complete chaos. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder w/psychosis. I started Prozac & was so sick & tired the first 2weeks that I wanted to stop taking it but wasn’t allowed to. Prozac allowed me to accept my natural personality & create a healthy, happy and safe way to live. I would love to think I would be ok now without it but it isn’t worth the risk. I have such peace in my heart & mind. I did add a low dose of Wellbutrin after the first year for sexual side effects. No drug will fix everything and they all have side effects but this combo has worked for me and has given me the life I now know I deserve. Good luck!"

   
9.0

Marthan August 2, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: "I started Prozac for depression when I was 16 yrs old and I'm now 18 and a half, so I've been on it for around 2 years at this point. Any benefits this drug provided in terms of my mood were minimal. I started on 10mg, then 20mg, then 40mg. When the dose increased to 40mg my life became a foggy haze. I felt like a zombie, I had no emotions, I forgot what happiness or sadness actually felt like and felt so dark. Suicidal thoughts and life lost all meaning. I frequently put myself in dangerous situations, began smoking cigarettes, and nearly attempted suicide 2-3 times. Additionally, my sex drive is a thing of the past and maintaining a full erection during sex isn't possible. I am seeing my psychiatrist tomorrow and I will discontinue this med."

   
1.0

Jake (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 30, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I started on the generic of Prozac in March after trying Zoloft, Celexa, AND Effexor. Good news is that I did not have any initial side effects (I had extreme initial side effects from the other 3), bad news is that it did not help with my OCD or anxiety. It actually gave me more anxiety, because it made me lose tons of hair on the top of my head where my crown is. You could even see bald patches, there was so much lost. :(.......I was only on it for 3 months, and the doctor took me off immediately once he saw what it was doing to my hair:( I am trying Luvox now, which I have never heard of, but truly hope it helps. This will be the 5 SSRI I have tried in the past 10 months. Praying this is the one."

   
2.0

Sylvia July 26, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: "I have been taking Prozac for almost 10 years. I feel it is no longer working for me and when I try to up the dose I get chest pains. Although it worked good for some time, I think I need a new antidepressant."

   
8.0

Snickers (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 26, 2018

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For Depression: "I had side effects of horrible chest pains that make me miserable! There is no relief until the spasm/episode has passed. I literally roll around in the floor sweating and feeling like I’m dying. The episodes normally last for about 30 minutes. I think I’m going to take my chances with depression over this misery!"

   
3.0

Momma Mia (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 23, 2018

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For Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: "I have been suffering for years, affecting many relationships. After my 2nd baby, I quit breastfeeding my cycle regulated, PMDD was in full throttle. During the leutal phase I turn in to a crazy women. The anger and the rage was uncontrollable for me. Over a few cycles it gradually got so bad that I knew something was wrong. I went to the Dr who referred me to physchiatrist and I was diagnosed with PMDD. He prescribed me Prozac which I was skeptical to take especially when I’m not suffering with depression. Dr explained Prozac is not just antidepressant but for other illnesses like this condition too. I take 20mg pill for 10 days before my period. I waited until the first sign appeared (usually argue with hubby). OMG - this is life changing for me. I could see again, there is no fog , I am calm and rational. This medication was instant relief. This cycle I’ve had ZERO outbursts and no other symptoms including no cravings for chocolate and I’ve got energy back! It’s amazing!"

   
9.0

PMDDMadness (taken for less than 1 month) July 15, 2018

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For Hot Flashes: "Hi I have been taking Fluoxetine for 6 months now 20mg per day. Worked fantastic and no side effects to speak of. However now I find the night sweats and flashes coming back??? Not sure why? I take in the mornings sometimes 6am but recently sometimes at 8am so not sure if thats it or should I up the dose??? Just wondered if anyone else had found this situation ??"

   
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ShazzaB (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 14, 2018

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I was so hesitant to take any sort of psychoactive drugs for YEARS - I had been diagnosed with severe OCD when I was 11. I was totally crippled by obsessions and compulsions that would render me completely useless for up to 6 hours a day. I'm 20 now, and after a traumatic sexual assault, my symptoms blew up. My doctor put me on Prozac (20 mg). The first month or so I was a bit more on edge than normal and had issues with shakiness, but that passed quickly and wasn't too disruptive. I was worried that it would cause weight gain or kill my libido, but I've actually had a better relationship with my weight and body image since starting and my libido has stayed the same, if not gotten higher! Prozac changed my life; I no longer cloister myself inside to tend to my obsessions and compulsions and they hardly even affect my life at this point in time. Obviously everyone's brain chemistry is different, but I HIGHLY recommend Fluoxetine."

   
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lin July 11, 2018

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For Hot Flashes: "Perimenopause symptoms set in within weeks of my hysterectomy & the hot flashes were keeping me awake and as frequent as 3 per hour. I cannot take estrogen due to breast cancer in my family history so I decided to try Prozac after 1 other trial with paroxetine. The hot flashes stopped immediately! I forgot I was even going thru this stage in life! Irritability has lessened as well!!"

   
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Doxiemom July 10, 2018

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For Panic Disorder: "So far saved my life, 50 mg a day, 3 years. Also take xanax. I'm a little numb, but anything is better than anxiety, and I mean anything!!!!"

   
9.0

joney (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 10, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I was prescribed Prozac 1 yr ago, and it has made a huge difference in my depression. I didn't even realize it was used for OCD, which I also have. I came to terms with my OCD years ago, so it wasn't my focus when seeking medical help. However, my counting episodes are few and far between in recent months. They used to be daily. No drug is perfect, and it's not the only one I'm on (sometimes combos are necessary), but I feel much better than I did while on Effexor, which I tried for more than 2 years."

   
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Jamie (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 5, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: "Prozac did relieve my symptoms of depression fairly quickly (within 2 weeks) upon beginning administration, and noticeable improvement of my overall mood and wellbeing occurred. However, I experienced a significant decrease in sexual desire, and also was completely unable to achieve sexual climax while taking the medication. I then experienced 3 episodes of "esophagitis" or horrible pains in chest/throat/stomach that felt like a bolus of food trapped in my throat. The pain was so debilitating that I was forced to discontinue use. I would recommend this medication for the treatment of depression, however the side effects are personally too painful for me."

   
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Motherof2 (taken for less than 1 month) July 3, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress: "This medication is a LIFESAVER. I have PTSD, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, bulimia, and borderline personality disorder. I take 20mg capsules every 12 hours. This, along with my Diazepam 10mg every 12 hours and Clonidine 0.1mg every 8 hours, I have finally found the right combo! I have reached out to family, old friends, and am willing to work more hours now considering where I work we see 7,000-11,000 people a day. This medicine has made me happy, joyous, and free. No negative side effects. I have been on EVERY SSRI and this one at this dose has brought me back from the dead. I do urge caution on starting off slowly. I was put on 20mg twice daily at first due to my extreme bulimia, anxiety and depression. The first 2 weeks were hell. But after that, I feel like a new chapter in my life has begun. Do talk with your doctor because it changed me in a positive, productive way. "

   
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Firelordandrew (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 2, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I am 59 y old male with anxiety on and off since I remember. I work on the computer as a full time job. Last year I had severe tension headache for a month from work related stress. Couldn't drive the car at night, panic attacks, dizziness, vertigo issue,body shaking etc. My GC provider listened to my story. She put me on 10mg fluox for 1 month. First 4 days ok. Then headache started so bad, I was ready to give up after a week, then 4 sleepless nights in the row. Insane. I had panic attacks, tremors, missing workdays. Then I started to get my sleep back more and more. One month later all side effects were gone Felt good but not fully. She put me on 20mg fluox. After 1 week on it constant ringing in my ears during the day but sleeping at night was good. She/GP put on 10mg and 20mg on alt. days. It took 1 month to settled it down. Now on 20mg for 2 months, I can tell you now all: LIFE IS GOOD for me, after 4 MONTHS. PLEASE be patient. Love it now, Thanks."

   
9.0

Cadman2018 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 2, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Absolutely loved it. Towards the end, I was put on lithium as well and started having adverse effects. But when I was on prozac alone, my OCD was immensely curbed."

   
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Max (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 2, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: "After over 2.5 yrs. of trying different antidepressants, I finally got to try Prozac and I feel like I've finally found something that works!"

   
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Mia (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 2, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress: "This almost cost me my life. I'm sure it can work for other people but for me I really almost died and set me back about a year on my recovery. Before trying any medication I would really recommend you try different therapists first. Not just two or three but even five different places. Simply having the ideal therapist can help beyond words. This has made me scared to try any other medication..."

   
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Chelsea (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 30, 2018

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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: "I started on prozac in 1990 and went off just over a year ago. So it was a total of about 28yrs. I was on 80mg a day but at one time they had me on 160mg!!! This is a great life saving medication. When I first started my family called it my "chill pill". It made things not seem so bad sort of like, oh no, you cut your arm off. Let's just pick it up and go to the doctor's so they can sew it back on. You have to work at finding the time of day to take it so that it works best for you. The side effects that affected me the most was the headaches. They triggered my migraines in numbers and strength. At times I would forget and/or put off taking it and I could definitely feel myself hitting below rock bottom. The original doctor prescribed Prozac and Phentermine at the same time. He wouldn't do anything unless I went through therapy too."

CatNav (taken for 10 years or more) June 25, 2018

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For Depression: "I have been taking fluoxetine off and on for about six months. I had previously been on Cipralex for a year and had tapered off due to side effects. I am happy with Prozac, it’s addressed my anxiety/depression/PMDD issues quite well. I am on 20 mg daily and sometimes I take a break due to sexual side effects. All in all I am very happy with this SSRI. It has very few side effects and I feel like my true self on it, like I did when I was a kid and relatively care free. Sometimes I think I can live without it but after awhile my bad outlook and negativity come back, no matter how hard I try to escape it and focus on CBT."

   
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Mands (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 19, 2018

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Prozac Weekly (fluoxetine) for Panic Disorder: "I've been on many different drugs for my disorder over the years. This drug is the worse drug I've ever been on, and I had to tell my doctor to take me off it immediately. It made all my disorders worse and caused really bad suicidal tendencies."

   
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Cyd (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 17, 2018

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