Luvox

Luvox Medication Information:

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Luvox 50 mg
Luvox 100 mg

What is LUVOX?

LUVOX is a prescription medication containing the active ingredient, fluvoxamine maleate. LUVOX is intended for the relief of symptoms of depression, or the reduction of symptoms associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Treatment with these types of medications is most safe and effective when you and your doctor have good communication about how you are feeling.


How does Luvox work?

LUVOX is believed to work by enhancing the availability of serotonin, one of the chemical transmitters in the brain. Depression and OCD have been associated with a decrease in the flow of serotonin between certain brain cells.


Before taking LUVOX your doctor needs to know

  • Any other medical condition that you may have including a history of seizures, heart or liver disease;

  • How much alcohol you consume;

  • Whether you are planning to get pregnant, are currently pregnant or are nursing an infant;

  • Any other prescription or over-the-counter medication that you are currently taking. Of particular importance are monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), other antidepressants, tizanidine, thioridazine, mesoridazine, neuroleptics, warfarin, propranolol, phenytoin, theophylline, lithium, tryptophan, terfenadine, astemizole, and cisapride;

  • Any natural or herbal products you are taking (e.g., St. John's Wort).


When not to use LUVOX

  • Stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any severe or unusual side effects, or if you experience an allergic reaction.


How to take LUVOX

  • It is very important that you take LUVOX exactly as your doctor has instructed. LUVOX should be taken at bedtime. Swallow the tablet(s) with water and without chewing.

  • Establishing an effective dosage level will vary from one person to another. For this reason, your doctor may increase your dosage gradually during treatment.

  • Never increase or decrease the amount of LUVOX you, or those in your care if you are a caregiver or guardian, are taking unless your doctor tells you to and do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

  • Never double up on your next dose to make up for a missed dose.

  • You should avoid taking St. John's Wort if you are taking LUVOX.


What to expect with LUVOX

  • As with all antidepressants, improvement with LUVOX is gradual.

  • You may experience some side effects such as nausea (sometimes with vomiting), constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, upset stomach, sleepiness, sleeplessness, dry mouth, tremor, dizziness, or headache. Some side effects may be temporary. Consult your doctor if you experience these or other side effects, as the dose may have to be adjusted.

  • Particularly in the first few weeks or when doses are adjusted, a small number of patients taking drugs of this type may feel worse instead of better; for example, they may experience unusual feelings of agitation, hostility or anxiety, or have impulsive or disturbing thoughts such as thoughts of self-harm or harm to others. Should this happen to you, or to those in your care if you are a caregiver or guardian, consult your doctor immediately; do not discontinue your medication on your own.


Precautions when taking LUVOX

  • Refrain from potentially hazardous tasks, such as driving a car or operating dangerous machines, until you are certain that this medication does not affect your mental alertness or physical coordination.

  • Contact your physician before stopping or reducing your dosage of LUVOX. Symptoms such as dizziness, abnormal dreams, unusual skin sensations (burning, prickling, tingling), confusion, fatigue, agitation, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, headache, tremor, nausea, vomiting, sweating or other symptoms may occur after stopping or reducing the dosage of LUVOX. Such symptoms may also occur if a dose is missed. These symptoms usually disappear without needing treatment. Tell you doctor immediately if you have these or any other symptoms. Your doctor may adjust the dosage of LUVOX to alleviate the symptoms. Discontinuation symptoms may occur in an infant if the mother is taking antidepressants at, or shortly before, the time of birth or while nursing.

  • Post-marketing reports indicate that some newborns whose mothers took an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) or other newer antidepressants, such as LUVOX, during pregnancy have developed complications at birth requiring prolonged hospitalization, breathing support and tube feeding. Reported symptoms included: feeding and/or breathing difficulties, seizures, tense or overly relaxed muscles, jitteriness and constant crying. In most cases, the newer antidepressant was taken during the third trimester of pregnancy. These symptoms are consistent with either a direct adverse effect of the antidepressant on the baby, or possibly a discontinuation syndrome caused by sudden withdrawal from the drug. These symptoms normally resolve over time. However, if your baby experiences any of these symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as you can.

    If you are pregnant and taking an SSRI, or other newer anti-depressants, you should discuss the risks and benefits of the various treatment options with your doctor. It is very important that you do not stop taking these medications without first consulting your doctor.


What to do in case of an overdose

Contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department even though you may not feel sick.


What does LUVOX contain?

The 50 mg tablets contain 50 mg fluvoxamine maleate and the following nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, maize starch, mannitol, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 6000, pregelatinized starch, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc and titanium dioxide.

The 100 mg tablets contain 100 mg fluvoxamine maleate and the following nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, maize starch, mannitol, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 6000, pregelatinized starch, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc and titanium dioxide.


What does LUVOX look like?

The 50 mg tablets are round, white, biconvex and scored in the middle. The tablet is stamped with the number “291” (twice) on one side and a stylized “S” on the other.

The 100 mg tablets are oval, white, biconvex and scored in the middle. The tablet is stamped with the number “313” (twice) on one side and a stylized “S” on the other.


 

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