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Luvox

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/3/2017
Luvox Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Luvox, Luvox CR

Generic Name: fluvoxamine (Pronunciation: floo VOX a meen)

What is fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

Fluvoxamine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Fluvoxamine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

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

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

What are the possible side effects of fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

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

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.

Call your doctor at once if you have;

  • seizure (convulsions);
  • changes in weight or appetite;
  • easy bruising or unusual bleeding;
  • racing thoughts, risk-taking behavior, feelings of extreme happiness or irritability;
  • agitation, hallucinations, overactive reflexes, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting;
  • very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out; or
  • headache, slurred speech, severe weakness, muscle cramps, feeling unsteady, shallow breathing (breathing may stop).

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, diarrhea, gas, loss of appetite;
  • increased sweating, mild skin rash;
  • dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, yawning;
  • anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • dry mouth, sore throat;
  • heavy menstrual periods;
  • muscle pain; or
  • decreased sex drive, abnormal ejaculation, trouble having an orgasm;

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Luvox (fluvoxamine maleate tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

You should not take fluvoxamine if you are allergic to it, or if you are also taking thioridazine, tizanidine, pimozide, alosetron, or ramelteon.

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

Before you use fluvoxamine, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and allergies. Also make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. In some cases, you may not be able to use fluvoxamine, or you may need a dose adjustment or special precautions.

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 fluvoxamine.

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.

Many other drugs can interact with fluvoxamine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.

Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking this medication. Do not start or stop taking the medication during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.

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Luvox Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

You should not take fluvoxamine if you are allergic to it, or if you are also taking thioridazine, tizanidine, pimozide, alosetron, or ramelteon.

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

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

  • liver or kidney disease;
  • heart disease, high blood pressure, or 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); or
  • if you are being treated with methylene blue injection.

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 fluvoxamine. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.

FDA pregnancy category C. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking this medication. Fluvoxamine may cause serious lung problems or other complications in a newborn if you take the medication during late pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of OCD symptoms if you stop taking fluvoxamine. Do not start or stop taking the medication during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.

Fluvoxamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using fluvoxamine.

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

How should I take fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

Fluvoxamine 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 fluvoxamine with or without food.

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

You should not stop using fluvoxamine suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Luvox Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Luvox)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Luvox)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of fluvoxamine.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how fluvoxamine will affect you.

What other drugs will affect fluvoxamine (Luvox)?

Ask your doctor before taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others. Using an NSAID with fluvoxamine may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

Taking fluvoxamine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can increase these effects. Ask your doctor before taking fluvoxamine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Many drugs can interact with fluvoxamine. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with fluvoxamine, especially:

  • clopidogrel;
  • a diuretic or "water pill";
  • lithium;
  • methadone;
  • omeprazole;
  • St. John's wort;
  • tacrine;
  • tramadol;
  • tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan);
  • theophylline;
  • warfarin, Coumadin;
  • an antidepressant--amitriptyline, clomipramine, imipramine, and others;
  • heart or blood pressure medication--diltiazem, mexiletine, metoprolol, propranolol, quinidine;
  • migraine headache medication--almotriptan, frovatriptan, sumatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan;
  • medicine to treat psychiatric disorders--chlorpromazine, clozapine, haloperidol, perphenazine, and others;
  • a sedative--diazepam, alprazolam, midazolam, triazolam, Valium, Xanax; or
  • seizure medication--carbamazepine or phenytoin.

This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with fluvoxamine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about fluvoxamine.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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