Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych

Luvox CR 

(fluvoxamine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych
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Treats obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) is a first choice treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it can lower your sex drive.

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Upsides

  • Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) is a first choice for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Both the immediate release and extended release versions of Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) are available as generic.
  • Unlike other similar medicines, Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) doesn't cause weight gain.

Downsides

  • Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) can cause nausea, sleep problems, and headache.
  • For children with obsessive-compulsive disorder, only the immediate release version of Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) has been shown to work.
How it works

Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). This increases serotonin in the brain which can help people with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What to expect when you take Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Side effect rates for Luvox CR (fluvoxamine)

248 From clinical trials of fluvoxamine / Obsessive-compulsive disorder (Extended release fluvoxamine; started at 100mg, then titrated to maximum of 300mg/day)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Pain

Risks and Warnings for Luvox CR (fluvoxamine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People under age 24

    Taking Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) can make you more likely to harm yourself or commit suicide, especially if you are younger and during the first few weeks of taking the medicine. If you or your child feel like they want to hurt themselves while taking Luvox CR (fluvoxamine), call the doctor right away.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Luvox CR (fluvoxamine)

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  • Unlike other similar medicines, Luvox CR (fluvoxamine) doesn't cause weight gain.