What is this medication?
Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
Fluvoxamine, Luvox is indicated for management of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“Alert: Black Box Warning
Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs
Antidepressants increased the risk compared with placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children, adolescents, and young adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of fluvoxamine in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need. Fluvoxamine immediate release is not approved for use in pediatric patients, except for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Fluvoxamine extended release (ER) has not been evaluated in pediatric patients.”
How does this medication work?
Fluvoxamine, Luvox inhibits CNS neuron serotonin uptake while having minimal to no effect on reuptake of norepinephrine or dopamine.
How should I take this medication?
Oral (Immediate-Release): 100mg to 300mg daily.
Oral (Extended-Release): 100mg to 300mg daily.
How to Take: Can be taken with or without food. Do not crush, open, or chew ER capsules.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Fluvoxamine, Luvox make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. Fluvoxamine, Luvox can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults with a major depressive disorder. The patient or patient caregiver should be aware of warning signs such as anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia, hypomania, and mania and to notify their healthcare provider if any of these symptoms or worsening depression occur. Fluvoxamine, Luvox can also impair platelet aggregation resulting in a higher risk of bleeding as well as cause central nervous system depression. Like all other serotonin reuptake inhibitors there is always a low risk of developing serotonin syndrome which is characterized by changes in mental status, autonomic instability, neuromuscular changes, GI symptoms and/or seizures.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Headache, insomnia, drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, nausea, diarrhea, xerostomia, anorexia, ejaculatory disorder, weakness, chest pain, palpitations, hypertension, edema, syncope, pain, chills, hypertonia, manic reaction, malaise, diaphoresis, ecchymoses, acne vulgaris, decrease libido, hypermenorrhea, weight loss or gain, dyspepsia, constipation, vomiting, urinary frequency, impotence, myalgia, tremor.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Fluvoxamine, Luvox only common ones.
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