Fluvoxamine is used to treat depression, schizophrenia (psychiatric or mental disorder with symptoms such as emotional instability, detachment from reality, delusions, hallucinations, and withdrawal into the self), anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder (mental disorder where people think they need to perform certain routine repeatedly or check things repeatedly).
How it works
Fluvoxamine belongs to class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It works by restoring the balance of serotonin in brain, thereby relieving the symptoms of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Common side effects
feeling of discomfort ., abnormally increased tendency to sweat, indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, tremor, somnolence, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, inability to sleep, Loss of appetite, agitation, dry mouth, headache, nervousness, palpitations, increased heart rate, weakness
Do not start fluvoxamine and consult your doctor if you have kidney, liver or heart problems, fits, diabetes, have history of mania (abnormal over excitation), bleeding disorder, or glaucoma (raised pressure in eye).
Stop taking fluvoxamine and seek advice if you develop rash, itching, swollen lips or face, or any other allergic reaction, shortness of breath, fever, sweating, muscle stiffness, tremor, confusion, extreme agitation, sleepiness, increased fits frequency, feeling of being elated or over-exited, or suicidal thoughts after taking fluvoxamine.
Do not drink alcohol while on fluvoxamine treatment, as it may worsen the side effects.
Fluvoxamine may affect your judgment or co-ordination. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking fluvoxamine.
Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is fluvoxamine safe used during pregnancy?
Fluvoxamine should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is fluvoxamine safe to use during breastfeeding?
Fluvoxamine is not safe during breast feeding. It should only be used if no other alternative drug is available. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is fluvoxamine a controlled substance, narcotic, addictive?
Fluvoxamine is not a controlled substance, narcotic or addictive.
Q. Is fluvoxamine a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or benzo?
Fluvoxamine is not a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or benzo. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
Q. Is fluvoxamine safe?
Fluvoxamine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can fluvoxamine be taken with ibuprofen?
Fluvoxamine when taken with ibuprofen may lead to increased bruising or bleeding.
Q. Does fluvoxamine make you sleepy, cause hair loss, weight gain or loss, get you high, and make you tired?
Fluvoxamine can make you sleepy, gain weight or lose, get you high and tired. Generally fluvoxamine does not cause hair loss.
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