Fluvoxamine ( Luvox ) data sheet

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What is Luvox Used to Treat?

Luvox® is the brand name for the drug Fluvoxamine. Luvox is primarily used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. Luvox is also used to treat major depressive disorders social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, panic disorders and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How Does Luvox Work?

Luvox is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs. It works to balance chemicals in the brain so healthy levels of neurotransmitters are maintained. Luvox has been shown to help decrease unwanted or uncontrolled thoughts as in an obsession and urges to repeat tasks or behavior such as hand washing found in compulsive behaviors. Luvox is potent with an average half life of 15.6 hours which is the shortest half life of all the SSRI’s and comes in extended release capsule form and is usually taken once per day at bedtime.

What are the Possible Side Effects of Luvox?

Luvox has been shown to have side effects, some serious. Anyone taking Luvox should call their health care provider immediately or go to the emergency room if they experience any of the following:

  • Seizures
  • High fever/chills/sweating
  • Loss of coordination
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feeling irritable, impulsive, hostile, aggressive, rage, agitated, restless, hyperactive or depressed.
  • Thoughts of self harm, suicide or harming others
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling like you are going to pass out
  • Trouble concentrating/confusion/memory problems
  • Rapid or uneven heartbeat
  • Rapid/difficulty breathing
  • Hives/skin rash
  • Swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue or throat

Less serious side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea/diarrhea/constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Unusual dreams/insomnia
  • Dizziness/drowsiness
  • Sexual dysfunction including decreases sex drive and trouble reaching orgasm

Precautions/Interactions

Persons taking Luvox should not drink alcohol as it may increase some of the side effects. Certain medications such as narcotics, muscle relaxants and cold medicine may increase drowsiness while taking Luvox as many other drugs are known to have negative interactions with Luvox. Sometimes the reaction does not occur until 14 days within taking or stopping Luvox. Therefore, it is crucial anyone taking Luvox provide their health care provider with a complete list of medications they are currently taking.

Because Luvox can impair thinking, coordination and reflexes, driving or engaging in any activity that requires being awake and alert is not recommended when taking Luvox.

Anyone taking or considering taking Luvox should do so only under a doctor’s supervision.

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