Irfana
B.Sc (Psychiatry Ward)
19 August 2019 - 5 min read
Medically reviewed by
Sumayya
D. Pharm
What Is Fluvoxamine (Luvox)?
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Fluvoxamine (Luvox) is an antidepressant that works on the brain and has the approval of the food and drugs association. Fluvoxamine is known to help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults and children ages eight and older.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health issue that causes repeated unwanted sensations and thoughts or the urge to do anything repeatedly, called (compulsions). Some people might have both obsessions and compulsions.

It is also used in treating social anxiety disorder, an extreme fear of interacting or performing ant tasks in front of others that interfere with day-to-day life.

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) and sertraline are a class of medications which is called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the production amount of serotonin, a natural substance produced in the brain, and helps maintain and grow your mental stability.(Ward, A., 1986)

 

Forms and Strengths 

Fluvoxamine is available in tablet form.

The tablet is available in 3 strengths

  • 25mg
  • 50mg
  • 100mg

How To Use Luvox Tablet?

Anyone can take this medication without having food as directed by their doctor. As suited to you, usually it is taken once during bedtime, or even twice ( once in the morning and once at bedtime). It is recommended that if you are taking two doses, then the second dose be taken during sleep as it can cause dizziness.

The dosage is depended on your medical condition and response to treatment, age, and other medications that you may be taking. It is essential to keep your doctor and pharmacist updated about the medicines you might be taking already and your medical conditions.

Do not increase your dosage or use fluvoxamine drugs with more consistency and for longer than prescribed. It will not make your condition better faster, but your risk of side effects might increase.

The most important factor to taking Luvox tablets is that to read the medication guide and, if available, the patient information leaflet is always provided by your pharmacist before you start the intake of fluvoxamine (Luvox) and each time you get a refill. It is highly suggested to talk to your doctor before making any changes.(Baughman III, O.L., 2003)

What Are The Side Effects Of Fluvoxamine (Luvox)

fluvoxamine is a medication that affects the brain and tries to make changes in the release of chemicals. It is bound to have some side effects, and some of the side effects of fluvoxamine are listed below:

  • Drowsiness
  • Memory Problems or Confusion
  • Dry Mouths
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Weight loss
  • Nervousness
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness
  • This Drug Has Some Of The Widespread Side Effects Commonly Experienced By People Who Take Fluvoxamine, But Some Severe Side Effects Require Immediate Medical Attention. Some Of These Severe Side Effects Are:
  • Chest Pain
  • Problems With Coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Rash
  • Difficult Breathing
  • Red Blood In Stools

In some exceptional cases, rise in anxiety; in such cases, patients are to be found taking Xanax to help them treat their anxiety.

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) may cause some other side effects too. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems which are caused by taking this medication. You and your doctor suggest you send a report of your side effects to the Food and drug administration (FDA).

Precautions While Talking Fluvoxamine (Luvox)

your doctor and chemist must know if you are allergic to any medications. This is because the product mat consists of inactive ingredients, which may cause allergic reactions. You can talk to your doctor and pharmacist for more details.

This drug might make you dizzy, so it is suggested to prohibit the intake of alcohol or any other substances as it can make you much dizzier and can even cause unwanted and unknown outcomes.

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) may be the cause of a condition that affects the rhythm of the heartbeat; the condition is called (QT prolongation). This condition is rare but also very fatal. Immediate medical attention is required in this situation, and precautions to avoid this condition must be discussed with your doctor.(Plosker, G.L. and Benfield, P., 1993)

What other medications will affect Fluvoxamine?

Some medications when used with Fluvoxamine may interact with the drug and can harm your body. This medication may interact with the following products: MAOIs, Linezolid, Thioradizine, Tizanidine, Pimozide, Alosetron, Ramelteon.

Other medications may amplify the side effects when mixed with Fluvoxamine such as Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam or diazepam, Clozapine, Methadone, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, Lithium, Tacrine, Triptans, such as sumatriptan, Tryptophan, Diltiazem, Beta-blockers, such as propranolol or metoprolol, Mexiletine, Theophylline, Warfarin, Carbamazepine, Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).

Conclusion.

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) may be a medication that many people are unaware of, but good medications need to be out there more. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) is considered a very important antidepressant, and its working is considered one of the best. However, you have to look for a few precautions and side effects; if properly taken with care and responsibility, this medication will show you a lot of benefits.

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