Compare fluvoxamine vs. Prozac

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Luvox CR (fluvoxamine)

Prescription only

Prozac (fluoxetine)

Prescription only
Treats obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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

Improves mood and helps you relax.

Prozac (fluoxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more energizing than other antidepressants, so it may not be the best choice for people who have trouble sleeping.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 1319 reviewsforProzac
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.
  • Effectively treats a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, OCD, and panic disorder.
  • It's more energizing than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have low energy.
  • Might be a good option for treating children with depression and/or OCD.
  • Doesn't have effects on the heart unlike other antidepressants so it may be a better treatment choice for older people.
  • Can cause a significant amount of weight loss which is an added benefit for those who are overweight or obese.
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.
  • Takes at least 1 to 2 weeks to kick in and can take up to 12 weeks for maximum effect. Prozac (fluoxetine) tends to take more time to start working compared to similar alternatives.
  • Can lower your sex drive.
  • Can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and/or behavior in those age 24 or younger.
  • You may need to try out several different antidepressants before you find the one that works for you.
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Dosage forms
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  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Liquid
Price
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saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
16%
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Side effects
42possible side effects
  • Trouble sleeping
    35%
  • Nausea
    34%
  • Headache
    32%
  • Sleepiness
    27%
  • Weakness
    26%
  • Diarrhea
    18%
  • Changes in appetite
    13%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Pain
    10%
  • Dry mouth
    10%
  • Abnormal ejaculation
    10%
  • Indigestion
    8%
  • Sweating
    7%
  • Vomiting
    6%
  • Decreased sexual desire
    6%
  • Anxiety
    6%
  • Tremor
    6%
  • Sore throat
    6%
  • Accidental injury
    5%
  • Muscle pain
    5%
  • Difficulty with orgasm
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Bruising
    4%
  • Changes in thoughts
    3%
  • Apathy
    3%
  • Laryngitis
    3%
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
    3%
  • Viral infection
    2%
  • High blood pressure
    2%
  • Tooth problems
    2%
  • Swelling of the gums
    2%
  • Weight loss
    2%
  • Agitation
    2%
  • Excessive anxiety
    2%
  • Twitching
    2%
  • Excess yawning
    2%
  • Nosebleeds
    2%
  • Acne
    2%
  • Changes in taste
    2%
  • Lazy eye
    2%
  • Abnormal sexual function
    2%
  • Increased urination
    2%
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22possible side effects
  • Inability to sleep
    33%
  • Nausea
    28%
  • Lack of energy
    21%
  • Anxiety
    15%
  • Sleepiness
    13%
  • Tremor
    13%
  • Nervousness
    11%
  • Yawn
    11%
  • Indigestion
    10%
  • Sore throat
    10%
  • Dry mouth
    9%
  • Flu syndrome
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Loss of appetite
    8%
  • Sweating
    8%
  • Impotence
    7%
  • Abnormal ejaculation
    7%
  • Sinus infection
    6%
  • Lower sex drive
    5%
  • Abnormal dreams
    5%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Widening of blood vessels
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of suicide
    • People under age 24
  • Possible bipolar disorder
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Abnormal bleeding
    • Taking blood thinners
  • Drowsiness and sleepiness
    • Drinking alcohol or taking opioids, benzodiazepines or sleeping medicines
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • Buspirone
    • ADHD medicines
    • Triptans
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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 or younger
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Antidepressants
    • Lithium
    • Ultram
    • Imitrex
    • Remeron
    • Lexapro
    • Dilaudid
    • St. John's Wort
  • Skin rash
  • Weight loss
    • People with an eating disorder
  • Increased bleeding risk
    • Taking NSAIDS or blood-thinning drugs
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
    • People with heart rhythm problems or a family history of them
    • Low potassium level
    • Low magnesium level
    • Recent heart attack
    • Using other drugs that affect heart rhythm
    • Overdose
    • People with liver problems
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