What is Luvox?
Luvox, with its active ingredient Fluvoxamine Maleate, is an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) antidepressant. Primarily used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it also effectively manages social anxiety disorders by increasing serotonin levels in the brain to improve mood and emotional stability.
Common side effects include nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, dizziness, sweating, and diarrhea. Some may experience more severe side effects like unusual changes in behavior, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and difficulty breathing.
Luvox should not be used in conjunction with MAO inhibitors or within 14 days of stopping them. It requires caution in patients with a history of seizures, mania, suicidal thoughts, and those with liver or kidney disease.
Before Taking This Medicine
Patients should inform their healthcare provider about any medical history of bipolar disorder, liver or kidney issues, seizures, low sodium levels, bleeding disorders, or glaucoma.
How Should I Take This Medicine?
Luvox should be taken exactly as prescribed. It comes in 50mg and 100mg tablets, allowing for flexible dosing according to the patient’s condition and response to treatment.
The typical starting dose is 50mg, often taken at bedtime. The dose may be gradually increased, not exceeding 300mg per day in adults. Dosing adjustments are made based on individual patient responses and medical conditions.
What Happens If I Miss a Dose?
If a dose is missed, take it as soon as remembered. However, if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.
What Happens If I Overdose?
Symptoms of overdose can include dizziness, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, seizures, or coma. Overdose requires immediate medical attention.
What Should I Avoid While Taking It?
Patients should avoid alcohol and be cautious with activities requiring alertness, like driving, as Luvox can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
Luvox can interact with other antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, anti-anxiety drugs, seizure medications, antipsychotics, blood thinners, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).