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Fluoxetine Tablets Vs. Capsules?


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#1 goodmom

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:36 AM

Hi, I was just wondering if there is a difference between taking a tablet and a capsule (non delayed release) form of fluoxetine? Maybe it's my imagination but I feel a little different (sometimes better, sometimes worse) if I take the tablet form vs. the capsule form. Both are 20 mgs. The pharmacy was supposed to give me the tablet form but gave me the capsule form instead which I didn't think was a big deal since they are both 20 mgs. of the generic. I had some tablets left from when I was on it previously (not expired yet). Anyone out there who has had a similar experience and which one worked better? Still waiting for the normal feeling to return....patience can be a real pain in the b----.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:10 AM

Hi goodmom,

Yes there can be a difference in effect from a tablet to a capsule as there is from one generic brand of fluoxetine to another generic brand (different manufacturers) In theory there is supposed to be no difference, but I tried several different brands of generic fluoxetine and there was a definite difference in that some did not work for me at all.

I found the exact same difference on Citalopram, I had to change from one generic brand to another to get it too work for me.

Each manufacture uses a different filler and I feel that is what makes the difference. Many other people have had the same experience.

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#3 goodmom

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 12:37 PM

Jim, Very interesting. I think the tablets make me less numb. I am going to stay off the capsules for a few days and use the tablets and see if that feeling keeps up. Other than that no real change - keeping my fingers crossed for some big changes. Thanks for the info.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:26 PM

I have had this same issue. When I take the capsules, they don't seem to be nearly as effective, and I feel tired all the time. When I spoke to my doctor about this, she said that a possible reason for this may be that my body absorbs the tablets better than the capsules. I don't know if that's the case or not, but I'm definitely going to stick with the tablets.






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