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fluvoxamine (Luvox and Luvox CR have been discontinued)

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

Fluvoxamine is used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety disorder. Fluvoxamine also has been used in the treatment of major depression, management of obesity, bulimia, schizophrenia, and panic disorder.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of fluvoxamine include:

Anxiety Nervousness Sweating Nausea Decreased appetite Constipation Diarrhea Dry mouth Somnolence (sleepiness) Dizziness Weight loss Indigestion Vomiting Stomach pain Palpitations Abnormal dreams Insomnia Sexual dysfunction

Fluvoxamine also may cause abnormal bleeding, seizures, and manic episodes. Withdrawal of fluvoxamine may result in withdrawal symptoms. The most common symptoms of withdrawal are dizziness, tiredness, tingling of the extremities, nausea, vivid dreams, irritability, and poor mood. Other symptoms include visual disturbances and headaches.

Withdrawal reactions have been reported after an average of 12 to 36 weeks of treatment, but after as few as 5 weeks. Although most authorities recommend discontinuing treatment by gradually reducing the dose, symptoms still may occur. Symptoms generally appear within a few days of discontinuing medication and persist for an average of 12 days (up to 21 days). They are relieved within 24 hours by re-administering the medication that was discontinued. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicide in children and adolescents. There are concerns that antidepressants also may increase the risk of suicide in adults. Patients with major depression may experience worsening of depression or suicidal thoughts regardless of whether or not they are treated. Therefore, patients started on antidepressants should be closely observed for signs of worsening suicidal thinking or changes in behavior.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/11/2016

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