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Luvox (fluvoxamine)

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Generic Name: Fluvoxamine floo-VOX-a-meen

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI




This medicine is used to treat depression or anxiety. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.
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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1-2 weeks.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • dry mouth
    • tremor or muscle spasms
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • headache, drowsiness
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • headache
    • increased sweating
    • dizziness, lightheadedness
    • changes in sexual function
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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    • This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Smoking cigarettes can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
    • If you are planning to have surgery, let your doctor know.
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)] in the last two weeks.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.
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Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • If you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
    • St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking this medicine due to the additive effects of serotonin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
      • blood thinners (Coumadin)
      • other antidepressants
      • metoprolol
      • antihistamines
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • cimetidine (Tagamet)
      • estrogens
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • intraconazole (Sporanox)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • levodopa
      • lithium
      • muscle relaxants
      • birth control pills
      • sleeping pills
      • thyroid medications
    • Do not take this medicine with thioridizine, or within 5 weeks of taking this medicine.
    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin.
    • If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting this medicine.
    • This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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Copyright 2006 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved.
This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

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  On 8 Aug 2006

  By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.







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Registered: January 2019
Location: Central Arkansas
Posts: 6
Thu January 24, 2019 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

PROS: The best SSRI for my social anxiety, very fast onset of effects I started feeling this drug within 2 days of starting it
CONS: Lots of side effects, and has serious interactions with caffiene (and other drugs)

I took this drug for my rather profound social anxiety, and it was the BEST drug (barring the benzodiazepines or alcohol) I've taken. The side effects were moderately annoying (sweating, stomachache, insomnia, food/drug interactions) but the efficacy of this drug made them worth it. I'd recommend anyone taking this drug to look up all the drug interactions, because there are some pretty important ones, including caffeine, that doctors aren't always familiar with (no one, not the pharmacist, my psychiatrist, family doc, no one) told me that a few cups of coffee would keep me jittery for 2 days, and I kept on getting prescribed things that would have major interactions, that I had to catch (like cyclobenzaprine, and then diazepam for muscle spasm....both have major interactions)

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Registered: April 2017
Location: Milky Way
Posts: 317
Mon May 15, 2017 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

PROS: none
CONS: Tired and weight gain

Caused increase in appetite and made me tired, I gained a lot of weight.

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Registered: May 2015
Location: LA
Posts: 79
Wed May 20, 2015 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

PROS: it works
CONS: none

I usually order approved pills by americantrustpills (seriously, this place sucks) free of danger. Sad to say I use to take plenty of it so low price is vital for me.

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Registered: August 2014
Location: South Texas
Posts: 109
Sun August 17, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

PROS: Only drug out there specifically for OCD
CONS: Not a really effective anti-depressant

This SSRI is the only one that targets OCD specifically and has helped me tremendously with my pure OCD, mainly just ruminations. It has gone out of style because it's quite old. I take the CR form and at night because it makes me quite sleepy. I usually take this with another antidepressant because it's not very effective at lifting my moods. The dosing schedule will vary greatly from person to person and a high dose is needed to combat OCD.

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Registered: September 2012
Location: San Diego, CA
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Mon September 3, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 7 

PROS: helps paranoia
CONS: dry mouth, decreased libido

Luvox has decreased my obsessive/paranoid thinking. It's definitely not gone, but I believe it less and care about it less. It works better than any other med I've tried for this purpose. It's not perfect though; my sex drive is basically gone which contributed to the breakup of my last relationship.

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Registered: September 2009
Wed January 27, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

PROS: nothing
CONS: doesn't work

tried it for 4 months, increased up to 200mg. Worsened my depression, had suicidal ideation at higher dose and manic symptoms at lower doses. Slightly reduced my panic attacks but couldnt deal with worsening depression. Came off it and feel better.

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Registered: May 2009
Wed May 6, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 


ive been on these for about 3 months and seem to be working very well. i would stay away from alcohol with these because they can create a whole new world of pain. but when you look at it if you suffer depression the last thing you need is another depression drug in body which alcohol is. as said there are many on the market so if your friend has any problems see the doc.

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Registered: May 2008
Location: SW Arkansas
Posts: 5
Thu July 17, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

PROS: Eliminated obsessions, ended headaches, freed from depressive symptoms.
CONS: Drowsiness, constant yawning, sexual dysfunction.

This drug saved my life in 1995. After 1 year of extreme depressive symptoms, obsessions, and unwanted thoughts, Luvox changed my life forever. It helped me recognize my obsessive symptoms and deal with the "after-thought" by ending the "punch" in the chest that usually followed my mind's continual unwanted thoughts. After 3 1/2 years, talk therapy, and learning new coping skills, I weaned off of the drug gradually, with my doctor's approval. I'm happy to say that I went 7 years without it and did very well, but due to some devastating incidents in my life, I went back on meds in late 2006. (Prozac, low dose 20mg) with no extreme side affects.

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Registered: July 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 218
Fri July 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

PROS: great drug for depression..........
CONS: none that I've seen so far..........

I have been taking Luvox for about a year now and the results are amazing. I feel like a new person now with the right combination of therapies. I spent the better part of my life searching for answers that never seem to come about myself. Now I think I understand. I am in control, not the disease. As long as I am taking my meds. I am in full control and feel better than I have in three centuries!! Hooray for the marvels of modern medicines.

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Wed June 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

PROS: works well less depression and anxiety
CONS: insomnia

I suffered from anxiety and these pills really relieved the anxiety and helped it not get out of control

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Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 21835
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

CONS: dizziness, migraine pain, lack of appetite, increased depression

This medication was tried for a short period of time. I was dealing with nausea & weight loss prior to this med, & when I started using it, the feelings continued. Added to the continued nausea & weight loss was the increased migraine pain & dizziness. My depression feelings also seemed to be increasing once the med was started. Since previous dizziness indicated decreased blood pressure, this med seemed to be repeating previous problems & my pdoc agreed that I should stop taking it.

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Registered: July 2006
Location: Alabama, USA
Posts: 37
Thu August 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.66| Rating: 6 

PROS: Does not cause drowsiness, seems to help with compulsive behaviors

Although it is kind of expensive, it is a great drug for treating OCD in my opinion. I have not had any side effects, and while it did not "cure" my compulsions, it helped to reduce them.

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