Luvox

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Generic Name: Luvox Brand Name(s): Luvox and Luvox.

Uses

What is Luvox® (fluvoxamine) used for?

Luvox® is commonly used to treat social anxiety disorder (social phobia), or obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) involving recurring thoughts or actions.

Luvox® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Luvox® is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Luvox® (fluvoxamine) amine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

How should I take Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Luvox® is usually taken at night. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may take Luvox® with or without food.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.

You should not stop using Luvox® suddenly.

How do I store Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Luvox® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Luvox® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Luvox® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Luvox® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Luvox® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

You should not take Luvox® if you are also using alosetron, pimozide, ramelteon, thioridazine, tizanidine, or methylene blue injection.

Do not use Luvox® if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using Luvox®.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Do not give Luvox® to anyone younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Luvox® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Luvox®. Luvox® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Common side effects may include:

  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased urination
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Depressed mood
  • Sweating
  • Mild skin rash
  • Vision changes
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Agitation
  • Feeling restless
  • Shaking
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Trouble having an orgasm

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Easy bruising or unusual bleeding
  • Anxiety, racing thoughts, risk-taking behavior, sleep problems (insomnia), feelings of extreme happiness or irritability
  • High levels of serotonin in the body such as agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting
  • Low levels of sodium in the body such as headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady
  • Severe nervous system reaction such as very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Luvox® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Luvox® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Luvox® (fluvoxamine)?

Luvox® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

To make sure fLuvox® is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • A history of stroke
  • A bleeding or blood clotting disorder
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
  • Low levels or sodium in your blood (an electrolyte imbalance)

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Luvox® (fluvoxamine).

What is the dose of Luvox® (fluvoxamine) for an adult?

Initial extended release capsule dose: 100 mg orally once a day at bedtime.

Initial immediate release tablet dose: 50 mg orally once a day at bedtime.

Maintenance dose: 100 to 300 mg orally per day. The dose may be increased in 50 mg increments every 4 to 7 days, as tolerated, until maximum therapeutic benefit is achieved.

Maximum Dose: 300 mg orally per day.

What is the dose of Luvox® (fluvoxamine) for a child?

8 to 11 years:

Initial dose: 25 mg orally once a day at bedtime.

Maintenance dose: 25 to 200 mg orally per day.

Maximum dose: 200 mg orally per day.

How is Luvox® (fluvoxamine) available?

Luvox® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Luvox® tablets 25 mg ; 50 mg ; 100 mg ; 150 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Luvox®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 24, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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