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Uses of Fluvoxamine:
Fluvoxamine (Luvox) is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fluvoxamine belongs to a group of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines are thought to work by increasing the activity of a chemical called serotonin in the brain.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
The mechanism of action of fluvoxamine maleate in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is presumed to be linked to its specific serotonin reuptake inhibition in brain neurons. In preclinical studies, it was found that fluvoxamine inhibited neuronal uptake of serotonin.
The effectiveness of fluvoxamine maleate for long-term use, i.e., for more than 10 weeks, has not been systematically evaluated in placebo-controlled trials. Therefore, the physician who elects to use fluvoxamine maleate for extended periods should periodically re-evaluate the long-term usefulness of the drug for the individual patient.
How to Take Fluvoxamine:
Take this medicine as directed. It can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly without consulting with your doctor.
Side Effects of Fluvoxamine:
The more common side-effects of Fluvoxamine include:
- dry mouth,
- abnormal ejaculation,
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, anorexia and dyspepsia.
- Rare cases of seratonin syndrome, particularly when combined with other serotonergic drugs.
Warnings and precautions for Fluvoxamine:
- Fluvoxamine should not be administered together with MAO inhibitors. At least 2 weeks should elapse after discontinuation of MAO inhibitor therapy before fluvoxamine treatment is initiated. MAO inhibitors should not be introduced within 2 weeks of cessation of therapy with fluvoxamine.
- It is recommended when the drug is administered to patients with a history of seizures.
- Fluvoxamine may potentiate the effects of alcohol and increase the level of psychomotor impairment.
- Safe use of fluvoxamine during pregnancy and lactation has not been established
- Safety and efficacy in children under 18 years of age have not been established.
What to do if you take Overdose of Fluvoxamine?
Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
What to do if you take Missed Dose of Fluvoxamine?
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 take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
How to Store Fluvoxamine:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.