Luvox is an anti-anxiety medication manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and is known by several other brand names across the globe. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and is primarily used for treating major depression.
The drug was approved by FDA in the year 1994, and since then it has a strong going. Perhaps, the medication was first of its kind to be available in United Kingdom. The active ingredient of the pill is fluvoxamine maleate. The drug contains many inactive ingredients.
Luvox is primarily used for treating obsessive compulsive disorder which is considered to one of the annoying anxiety disorder condition. In certain countries, the medication is recommended for treating major depressive disorder too.
The anti-anxiety drug is specifically recommended for use in children suffering from OCD for a very long period of time. The medication exhibits a long half-life and because of which its therapeutic effects are bound to last in the system for almost a years’ time. The secondary medical use of the pill is to treat schizophrenia symptoms.
The drug helps a person in reducing the persistent and unwanted thoughts or obsessions and further urges them to perform repeated tasks or compulsions like hand washing, checking, and counting etc. which interferes with daily living.
Fluvoxamine is the generic name of Luvox and belongs to a class of meds like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI’s). The drug is thought to work by aiding in restoring the balance of certain natural substances in the brain or the serotonin. Luvox is also known effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Intimate your doctor if you are allergic to its ingredients or any other chemical factor before getting prescribed for Luvox. Speak to your doctor of all the medical illness you are suffering from, even of the past and all the medications you had been taking so as to make it easier for him to analyze your condition better. This drug can make you dizzy or lethargic, therefore you should not engage in machinery works or driving.
Luvox should be taken only during the night time, since it causes dizziness and drowsiness. The absorption pattern of the drug is no way influenced by the food intake, and hence it can be taken before or after taking a meal. At any cost, it is extremely critical to administer the pill in the prescribed dosage strength as advised by the doctor.
Administering the medication in crushed or powdered form is not recommended, as too much of drug’s effects is felt immediately and this can increase risk of side effects. The bottle containing the medicine should be closed tightly and the pills should not be exposed to moisture and heat.
If you are a pregnant women, do not take Luvox unless it is absolutely necessary or if you have been insisted by your doctor to do so. Doing so may result in unfavorable consequences to the unborn baby. Take Luvox exactly as prescribed.
Do not increase or decrease the dosage strength of Luvox and do not stop taking it abruptly as doing so can lead to untoward consequences. Before taking Luvox, read the information leaflet thoroughly so as to understand the administration of this medicine completely. You can take the med at the same time each day so as to help you remember taking it on time every day.
Missing a dose and overdose
It is better to take the medicine at the same time each day so as to not miss any dose. Also taking the med on time will also avoid you to get in the trap of overdose. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
If it is already time for the next dose, then you can skip the missed dose and better take the scheduled dose. If you have overdosed on Luvox then call for poison helpline immediately or rush to the nearest medical Centre without waiting and get yourself treated as soon as possible.
Side effects of the drug ranges from allergic reactions to severe medical complications. Some of the less severe side effects are changes in vision,
- agitated and restless feelings,
- low appetite levels,
- lack of sex interest,
- rashes in skin,
- breathing difficulties,
- swelling in facial region.
Severe Side effects like
- anxiety and panic attacks,
- depressed feelings.
If the intensity of the symptoms are found to be severe then you should consult the doctor.
Individuals should be extra cautious and should ensure that administration of other drugs is completely stopped whilst undergoing course of therapy with the anti-anxiety medication.
Mediations that interact extensively with Luvox are plenty. Some of the most prominent drugs are medicines recommended for treating mood disorders namely lithium, antidepressants, clozapine and medications like tramadol, St. John’s wort, Coumadin, jantoven and sedatives like Xanax, Valium, diazepam and midazolam.