SSRI diary: chronicling the effects of Luvox (Fluvoxamine) on my OCD/Depression
What Is Luvox (Fluvoxamine)?
Luvox is the brand name of the prescription drug fluvoxamine, which is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
The medicine may also help treat social phobias, panic disorders, eating disorders, and depression.
Luvox is in a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, which work by targeting neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Luvox in 1994. It's manufactured by ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Luvox contains a black-box warning because clinical studies have shown antidepressants may increase the risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts in children, teens, and young adults.
Your mental health may change in unexpected ways if you take antidepressants, even if you're over age 25.
You or your caregiver should notify a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Luvox:
- New or worsening depression
- Extreme worry
- Thoughts of harming yourself
- Panic attacks
- Agitation or irritability
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Aggressive behaviors
- Severe restlessness
- Acting without thinking
- Frenzied, abnormal excitement
Don't give this drug to a child under age 18 without talking to a doctor.
Before taking Luvox, tell your physician if you're taking any of the following medicines:
You shouldn't take Luvox if you've taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) in the past 14 days, because a dangerous drug interaction can occur.
Tell your healthcare provider if you're taking or have taken any of the following medicines in the last two weeks:
- Azilect (rasagiline)
- Marplan (isocarboxazid)
- Methylene blue
- Nardil (phenelzine)
- Parnate (tranylcypromine)
- selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar)
- Zyvox (linezolid)
Luvox may cause an eye condition known as angle-closure glaucoma, which could lead to vision loss. Tell your doctor right away if you experience the following symptoms:
- Eye pain
- Vision changes (such as seeing colored rings around lights)
- Swelling or redness around the eye
Tell your physician if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions before taking Luvox:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you've ever consumed large amounts of alcohol or used street drugs before taking Luvox.
It could take several weeks or longer before you experience the full benefits of Luvox. Continue to take the medicine even if you feel well.
Don't stop taking Luvox without first talking to your doctor. You could experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using the drug.
Tell your doctor you're taking this medicine before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.
Pregnancy and Luvox
Don't start or stop taking Luvox during pregnancy without first talking with your doctor.
Let your physician know right away if you become pregnant while taking Luvox. The medicine may cause serious lung complications or other problems in newborns if it's taken during the last months of pregnancy.
Luvox can pass into breast milk and harm a breastfeeding baby. Don't breastfeed while taking this medicine.
Luvox Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Luvox
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Vomiting, constipation, gas, indigestion, or diarrhea
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
- Change in taste
- Weight loss or decreased appetite
- Changes in sex drive or ability
Serious Side Effects of Luvox
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Chest pain
- Severe dizziness
- Problems with coordination
- Fever or sweating
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe muscle stiffness
- Burning, pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
- Rash or hives
- Shaking of a part of the body that you can't control
- Slowed or difficult breathing
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Bloody nose
- Loss of consciousness
- Vomiting blood or a material that looks like coffee grounds
- Bloody, black, or tarry stools
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially those listed in the Warning section and any of the following:
Luvox and Other Interactions
Luvox may make you drowsy and impact your motor skills.
Don't drive or operate machinery until you know how the medication will affect you.
Luvox and Alcohol/Tobacco
Alcohol may worsen the severity of certain side effects associated with Luvox.
You shouldn't consume alcoholic beverages while taking this medicine.
Smoking cigarettes may decrease the effectiveness of Luvox. Tell your doctor if you smoke or use any other tobacco products before taking this drug.
Luvox comes as a tablet or an extended release capsule (Luvox CR) to take by mouth.
The tablet is typically taken once or twice daily. The extended-release capsule is usually taken once daily at bedtime.
Doses range from 50 milligrams (mg) to 300 mg.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully when taking this medicine. Don't take more or less Luvox than your doctor recommends.
Your healthcare provider might start you on a low dose of Luvox and gradually increase it.
Swallow the extended-release capsules whole. Don't crush or chew them.
Symptoms of a Luvox overdose may include:
- Enlarged pupils of the eye
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Changes in alertness
- Changes in heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- Loss of consciousness
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Missed Dose of Luvox
If you miss a dose of Luvox, take it as soon as you remember.
However, skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
By Lynn Marks | Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD
Latest Update: 2015-11-25
Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
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