Luvox is one of several selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat a number of psychiatric disorders, but it is generally known for treating Obsessive-Compulsive disorder.
What is Luvox (fluvoxamine)
Luvox is an antidepressant in the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Uses of Luvox (fluvoxamine)
Luvox is used to treat anxiety symptoms related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This anti-anxiety medication helps reduce reoccurring, unwanted, obsessive thoughts. It also helps limit the need to repeat tasks and compulsions such as hand washing, counting and paranoia. These behaviors can interfere with life, but they can be treated with medication and therapy. Luvox is also used to treat major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and PTSD. It is sometimes prescribed in dual diagnosis treatment centers to patients for mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Sometimes, Luvox has been associated with an increase in suicidal ideation as well as an increase in violent behaviors.
Other side effects of Luvox include:
- Stuffy nose
- Unusual taste
- Increased frequency of urination
- Swelling of lips, mouth, tongue or throat
Withdrawal Symptoms of Luvox
- Burning or tingling sensations
Luvox should not be taken with alcohol as it may increase the drug’s side effects. Mixing Luvox with narcotics may also cause increased stress on the central nervous system. Also, this drug should not be taken with blood thinners, antipsychotics, diuretics, aspirin or beta blockers.
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