Luvox is a medication that is used to treat mental health conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety disorder. The active ingredient in Luvox is called fluvoxamine maleate. Fluvoxamine is part of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which can help correct imbalances in brain chemistry.
Luvox may be used alone or with other medications. It is also sometimes prescribed off-label to people suffering from depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Fluvoxamine works by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain, which can help reduce symptoms such as unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors.
Uses and Dosage
Fluvoxamine is available in tablet form to be taken orally with or without food, as directed by a healthcare provider. It may be taken once daily at bedtime, or twice daily, with the larger of the doses taken at bedtime if they are not equal. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
The recommended dose of fluvoxamine (Luvox) may vary depending on the individual’s age, the condition being treated, and other factors. However, here are some general dosing guidelines:
- The recommended starting dose for adult patients is 50 mg once daily at bedtime. The usual adult maintenance dose is 100-300 mg per day, taken in two divided doses.
- The starting dose for pediatric patients (age 8-17) is 25 mg once daily at bedtime. The usual pediatric maintenance dose is 50-200 mg per day, taken in two divided doses.
Common Side Effects of Luvox (Fluvoxamine):
- Dry mouth
- Trouble sleeping
- Upset stomach
- Weakness, feeling like you have no energy
Serious Side Effects of Luvox (Fluvoxamine):
- Blurred vision
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Convulsions (seizures)
- Easy bruising or unusual bleeding
- Eye pain or swelling
- Feelings of extreme happiness or irritability
- Memory problems
- Racing thoughts
- Risk-taking behavior
- Seeing halo round lights
- Severe weakness
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Tunnel vision
Form and Strength
Luvox (Fluvoxamine) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- Before taking fluvoxamine, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other issues. Speak with your pharmacist for more information.
- Fluvoxamine can cause or increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in some individuals, especially children, teenagers, and young adults. The warnings include black box warnings on product labels and the need for close monitoring of patients when taking the drug.
- Fluvoxamine can cause dizziness or drowsiness, so avoid driving, using machinery, or anything that requires alertness until you can safely do so. Alcohol or cannabis can exacerbate dizziness or drowsiness. Therefore, avoid consuming alcoholic beverages and talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
- Use Fluvoxamine during pregnancy only if necessary as it can harm the unborn baby. Infants born to mothers who used this drug during the last three months of pregnancy may experience rare withdrawal symptoms like feeding/breathing problems, seizures, muscle stiffness, or constant crying.
- Do not discontinue Fluvoxamine without consulting your doctor because untreated mental/mood problems like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder can be severe.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does Luvox work?
Luvox works by blocking the reuptake of serotonin in the brain, which increases the levels of serotonin available to nerve cells. This helps regulate mood and reduce symptoms of conditions such as OCD.
Can Luvox be taken during pregnancy?
Luvox is generally not recommended during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks to the fetus. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking Luvox during pregnancy.
How long does it take for Luvox to work?
The effects of Luvox may not be felt immediately, and it may take several weeks of treatment for the medication to reach its full effectiveness.