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Fluvoxamine

Fluvoxamine Maleate (Luvox, Faverin)

Fluvoxamine is an antidepressant from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) family of drugs. This drug is licenced in the treatment of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and depression

Benefits Seen

  • From the first day to a week
  • You may feel worse initially before feeling the benefits

If stop taking

  • Do not stop without consulting your doctor
  • Wean off slowly

Overdose symptoms

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Coma
  • Convulsions
  • Slow/fast heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Can be fatal!

Warnings

  • If stopped abruptly withdrawal symptoms have been reported with his medicine.
  • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant
  • Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant.
  • Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
  • Do not give this drug to children under eighteen. If over sixty only use drug in small doses and with close monitoring of it’s side effects.

Do not use if

You had negative reactions to this drug or any drug in this class in the past. If you have taken or are taking Terfenadine or Astemizole, Theophylline or Aminophylline.

Inform your Doctor if

  • You had negative reactions to this drug or any drug in this class in the pass.
  • If you have taken or are now taking Terfenadine, Astemizole or any MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days.
  • If you have a history of heart problems.
  • If you have a history of respiratory illness
  • If you have epilepsy.
  • If you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drug.
  • If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be under-going any medical tests.

Symptoms or Side Effects

Common

  • Anorexia
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Skin rash
  • Sleep problems
  • Somnolence

Rare

  • Liver toxicity
  • Mania
  • Increase urination
  • Seizures
  • Sweating increase
  • Tremors
  • Tourette’s syndrome

See doctor always:

  • Mania
  • Tremors

See doctor if severe

  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Skin rash
  • Increase urination
  • Sleep problems
  • Sweating increase

See doctor NOW

  • Liver toxicity. (Any yellowing of skin or the whites of eyes)

Stop taking and see doctor NOW

  • Seizures