Comment from: Jade 25-34 Transgender 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: July 30

This has by far been the easiest antidepressant to take considering side effects. The side effect that is causing me to decide to get off of it is the continued dissociation. I really do not feel present at any moment or time so that really sucks when you're trying to spend quality time with your girlfriend or son. I will say it might make you gain weight but as far as I know I started taking the medicine when I began eating bad, I started eating healthy again and I seem to be responsive to it. Say GOODBYE to your libido, and HELLO to occasional night sweats. I was nauseas and had very low appetite when first starting this medication. I'm being switched to a different drug class, effexor, so wish me luck.

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Comment from: julia 13-18 Transgender 6 months to less than 1 year Caregiver Published: June 06

works great for my OCD, but makes me constantly tired and lowers libido

Comment from: 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 10

Was put on Luvox for OCD, PTSD & Panic attacks. It seems to help some but the side effects have me looking for something else. I'm a wheelchair user with poor circulation so I normally stay cold. Now I'm clammy and hot all the time and my muscles are so stiff. These side effects outweigh the benefits

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Comment from: Kim 55-64 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: May 18

Have been taking20 years very satisfied downside insomnia is bad

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Comment from: 19-24 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: April 23

Been on Luvox for 270 days. It's been good.

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Comment from: Katie 25-34 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: February 17

I use to have panic attacks, obsessing thoughts, and anxiety. And now with luvox I have very slim to none of these feelings! Of course it did take about 3 weeks for everything to equel out like any new medication, but I would highly recommend this! I have now been taking luvox for 5 years.

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Comment from: PTSD gal 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 03

I am a survivor of Domestic Violence. I started taking this medication about a little over 2 weeks ago to help cope with my anxiety, severe depression

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Comment from: George Zepoott 13-18 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 01

Took this and gained 35 pounds in two months. Lost sleep have not been able to go out in public due to this medicine making my ocd worse, also it made me give up on college.

Comment from: funtime 65-74 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: November 30

This medication was one of the worse medication I ever used. It's made me forget 'What day is it.' I felt I was a Zombie, I had no interest in anything other than I can't wait it to wear off. (This was only the third I told it.! I tryed to stick with it, but I could'nt take the side effects. The Doctor put me on Cymbalta, and I never wanted to look back. I also currently Take:Latuda, and Lamictal. The combo works just great. I never want to switch again.

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Comment from: Cmk 35-44 Female Patient Published: October 01

I had a doctor prescribe Luvox for me for smoking. It was the worst thing in the world. It didn't help with smoking and, it made me paranoid and, unable to think or function. I don't know if it was a allergic reaction or what but I discontinued use after about a week.

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Comment from: sandy k 45-54 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: September 02

i experienced obsessive thoughts all my life til i started taking luvox.

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Comment from: Diane 65-74 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: June 18

Have been on Luvox for 2 years. It took about 4 months for me to see the full effect. Don't know where I would be without it. Not cured but it is manageable and I have a life to live.

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Comment from: DebD 55-64 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: April 15

It worked for my depression. Takes awhile to get dosage right. Have taken for several years, worst side effect is insomnia. OCD is always with you--this med takes the edge off. You have to be strong and stop letting your mind torment you!

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Comment from: Scary medicine 25-34 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: December 21

Frightening side effects. I literally have taken one dose and within a few hours had a pounding heart rate, sweating, dizziness, disoriented and racing thoughts. Have never experienced such before in my life. I will never take this medicine again.

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Comment from: mala 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 19

I am taking almost the maximum dose of 300mgs per day (250MGS). I take 100mg in the a.m., 50mg six hours later, and the last 100mgs in th p.m. It has been a miracle drug for me. My doctor gradually increased my dosage as I needed it over the last year, along with regular counseling and medication updating. She also has me on 1mg Ativan in the a.m. and at bedtime, along with a mild muscle relaxor at bedtime for muscle tension and pain from my FM and ARD. So I do not have problems sleeping anymore. It took about 5 weeks for the meds to get into my system, balance my seratonin and really do their job...but the Luvox almost immediately stopped the repetitious thoughts and behavior. I am just thankful that I can live a somewhat "normal life" and can do daily activities when my other health issues allow. My hands are no longer chapped and bleeding from the constant washing and I learned in counseling how to "chain my brain" and be aware of my thoughts and how to change my mind, literally. I could not do this without the meds. I hope that others can have the same results as I have, but PLEASE if you are having ANY side effects tell your Physician at once. Medicaions are never a "one size fits all" I have felt like a lab rat at times over the last 30 years, but thank God I found a Physician, a course of therapy and meds that finally work for me. This last year, even with some family drama and grave illnessess it has been the best year of my life. (And that is saying a lot for someone in their 50's.)

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Comment from: dst 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 24

My Dr. started me on 100 mlg of this medication to start. We then moved it up to 150 mlg. I have been having extreme muscle aches in my legs, knees, arms, and hips. I want to sleep during the day but cant seem to get to sleep at night. Anyone else having the pains from this medication?

Comment from: Biff50 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: June 14

I am prescribed 100mg of fluvoxamine extended release to help with my social anxiety and obsessive thoughts. I initially took it at night, but after a week of averaging 4 hours of sleep a night, I started taking it in the mornings. I still have disrupted sleep, but now i can stay sleeping for about 5 or 6 hours before I wake up , tossing and turning and have racing thoughts of everything. The OCD has increased during that time, but anxiety and OCD is much better throughout the day. I am more outgoing and don't dread normal daily activities, like I used to. My main complaint is the disruptive sleep. It has been a month and a half since I started taking this and I'm really hoping my sleep gets back to normal. I never had issues sleeping before. Will have to discontinue if this persists.

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Comment from: fosslacey 45-54 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: March 23

doesn'thelpwithocdsymptoms also,feelingweaknessinlegsandeveninabilitytostandforprolongedperiodoftime

Comment from: plum pudding Male Patient Published: March 06

Luvox is one of the four psychiatric medications I take. I think that luvox is a very helpful drug that treats my OCD (along with Abilify). I also take Lamictal because I possibly have Bipolar II. Just the Luvox alone does not help with my depression enough. If you have extremely, horrendously, off-the-charts severe anxiety, try some Abilify too because Luvox might not help enough. Be ready for nausea for the first three weeks!

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Comment from: 45-54 Male 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: January 26

I have been on luvox 150 for major depression and anxiety, this drug has litterly saved my life. I feel normal now and almost afraid to get off of it. It was difficult to take at first but over about 6 months most of side effects are gone. Lobito is low but that is worth having my life back.

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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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