Luvox CR

(fluvoxamine)

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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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Quick facts about fluvoxamine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (fluvoxamine)

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.
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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.
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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.

Quick facts about fluvoxamine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (fluvoxamine)

Dosage forms

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Headache
  • Sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Bleeding problems
  • Weakness
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Side effect rates for Luvox CR (fluvoxamine)

From 248 clinical trials of fluvoxamine when taken for obsessive-compulsive disorder (extended release fluvoxamine; started at 100mg, then titrated to maximum of 300mg/day)
  • Trouble sleeping
    35%35%
    20%20%
  • Nausea
    34%34%
    13%13%
  • Headache
    32%32%
    31%31%
  • Sleepiness
    27%27%
    11%11%
  • Weakness
    26%26%
    8%8%
  • Diarrhea
    18%18%
    8%8%
  • Changes in appetite
    13%13%
    5%5%
  • Dizziness
    12%12%
    10%10%
  • Pain
    10%10%
    8%8%
  • Dry mouth
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Abnormal ejaculation
    10%10%
  • Indigestion
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Sweating
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Vomiting
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Decreased sexual desire
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Anxiety
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Tremor
    6%6%
  • Sore throat
    6%6%
    1%1%
  • Accidental injury
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Muscle pain
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Difficulty with orgasm
    5%5%
  • Constipation
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Bruising
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Changes in thoughts
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Apathy
    3%3%
  • Laryngitis
    3%3%
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
    3%3%
  • Viral infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • High blood pressure
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Tooth problems
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Swelling of the gums
    2%2%
  • Weight loss
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Agitation
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Excessive anxiety
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Twitching
    2%2%
  • Excess yawning
    2%2%
  • Nosebleeds
    2%2%
  • Acne
    2%2%
  • Changes in taste
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Lazy eye
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal sexual function
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Increased urination
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of fluvoxamine.

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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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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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