Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 03/17/2022
Luvox Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Luvox, Luvox CR

Generic Name: fluvoxamine

What is fluvoxamine (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

Fluvoxamine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Fluvoxamine is used to treat symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults and children at least 8 years old.

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

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

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash, blisters, or hives; fever, joint pain; difficult 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;

  • anxiety, racing thoughts, risk-taking behavior, sleep problems (insomnia), feelings of extreme happiness or irritability;
  • blurred vision, eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • changes in weight or appetite;
  • easy bruising or unusual bleeding; or
  • low blood sodium--headache, confusion, problems with thinking or memory, weakness, feeling unsteady.

Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Fluvoxamine can affect growth in children. Your child's height and weight should be checked often.

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, dizziness, weakness;
  • anxiety, depression, agitation, trouble sleeping;
  • shaking, increased muscle movements;
  • upset stomach, gas, loss of appetite;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • dry mouth, yawning, sore throat;
  • muscle pain;
  • sweating, rash;
  • heavy menstrual periods; or
  • sexual problems.

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.

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

Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking fluvoxamine. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.


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Luvox Patient Information including How Should I Take

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

You should not take fluvoxamine if you are allergic to it.

Do not use fluvoxamine within 14 days before or 14 days after you have taken an MAO inhibitor. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, and others.

Some drugs should not be used with fluvoxamine. Your treatment plan may change if you also use:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking this medicine. Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. An interaction with fluvoxamine could cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.

Taking this medicine during pregnancy could harm the baby, but stopping the medicine may not be safe for you. Do not start or stop fluvoxamine without asking your doctor.

Do not breastfeed.

How should I take fluvoxamine (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take fluvoxamine at bedtime, with or without food.

Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.

Do not stop using fluvoxamine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant symptoms (such as agitation, confusion, tingling or electric shock feelings). Ask your doctor before stopping the medicine.

Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.


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Luvox Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

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

Overdose may cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, slow heartbeats, or seizure.

What should I avoid while taking fluvoxamine (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of fluvoxamine.

Ask your doctor before taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and others. Using an NSAID with fluvoxamine may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

What other drugs will affect fluvoxamine (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

Using fluvoxamine with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines. Many drugs can affect fluvoxamine, especially:

This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect fluvoxamine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information (Luvox, Luvox CR)?

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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