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Review: could Fluoxetine cause Epilepsy?

Summary: Epilepsy could be caused by Fluoxetine, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Tolterodine tartrate, and have Depression.

We study 26,300 people who have side effects while taking Fluoxetine from FDA and social media. Among them, 105 have Epilepsy. Find out below who they are, when they have Epilepsy and more.

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Fluoxetine

Fluoxetine (latest outcomes from 27,980 users) has active ingredients of fluoxetine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy (common and diverse set of chronic neurological disorders characterized by seizures) (latest reports from 68,073 patients) has been reported by people with depression, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, pain, convulsion.

On Apr, 15, 2014: 26,182 people reported to have side effects when taking Fluoxetine. Among them, 105 people (0.40%) have Epilepsy. They amount to 0.15% of all the 68,290 people who have Epilepsy on eHealthMe.

Trend of Epilepsy in Fluoxetine reports

Time on Fluoxetine when people have Epilepsy * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Epilepsy33.33%25.00%16.67%8.33%0.00%16.67%0.00%

Age of people who have Epilepsy when taking Fluoxetine * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Epilepsy1.77%1.77%5.31%8.85%33.63%43.36%4.42%0.88%

Severity of Epilepsy when taking Fluoxetine ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Epilepsy ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (62 people, 59.05%)
  2. Anxiety (37 people, 35.24%)
  3. Lower respiratory tract infection (37 people, 35.24%)
  4. Bladder irritation (36 people, 34.29%)
  5. Pollakiuria (28 people, 26.67%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Tolterodine tartrate (37 people, 35.24%)
  2. Clarithromycin (37 people, 35.24%)
  3. Fluoxetine hcl (17 people, 16.19%)
  4. Clozaril (14 people, 13.33%)
  5. Lamotrigine (11 people, 10.48%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (21 hours ago):

  • I have had on going depression for many years, but after two sister's homocides, I started having anxiety attacks, feelings of disconnect, very poor sleep, and then broke out in skin lesions, all over my arms, elbows, face, in my ears, and on my head. I have had several biopsies, and no one report comes back the same. My sleep has deteriorated, even further, since this all started. My sysmptoms started with muscle spasms, pain, headaches, and anxiety...then the sores...that won't go away. I am not causing the sores. They just appear, and take weeks, to months, to heal...I went to the U of M, and a doctor in dermatology wanted to prescribe Doxepin...I didn't understand the connection....and had just recently switched anti-depressants, from Cymbalta to Prozac, so I did not feel comfortable starting another anti-depressant, given my mental state...The anxiety I had was so bad, I could not make myself walk out my front door. I have never had anything like this happen to me...I have seen several different specialist's, and none of them agree on anything in partciular....I need some input here.

    Reply

    Denyean on Apr, 22, 2014:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET A LAWYER,First I am so sorry for your loss. As a nurse this is malpractice and do it for his daughter,PLEASE, If your brother had a psychiatric issue he should have never had this combination of medications, never

    Reply

  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • My 19 yr old daughter is a Type 1 diabetic since the age of three. She has been having dizzy spells where she says she feels nauseous and like she's going to pass out about once a day around dinner time. Does not correlate with blood sugars but her blood pressure drops to around 94/72 with a heart rate of 122. Could this be related to Prozac that she's been on for years?

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • took Prozac during pregnancy and baby developed craniosynostosis, limb deformities and GERD is it related?

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