What is Fluvoxin?
Fluvoxin is an antidepressant in the group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). The active ingredient fluvoxamine can prolong the mood lightening effects of some natural substances by restoring chemical balance in the brain. It is most commonly used to treat neural conditions such as major depressive disorders, post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), panic disorders, social anxiety disorders (SAD) and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD).
How is Fluvoxin used?
Fluvoxin is an orally administered medication usually taken 1 to 2 times daily. For patients that require 1 dose, it is recommended to take it at bedtime or once in the morning and once at bedtime for patients that have to take it twice daily. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting a doctor as abruptly discontinuing the medication could lead to severe withdrawal symptoms such as changes in sleeping habits, fatigue, headaches and mood swings.
Fluvoxin may cause side effects in patients such as:
- Decreased sex drive or performance
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Changes in sleep
Contact a doctor immediately should the side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Loss of coordination
- Memory problems
- Concentration problems
- Agitation or irritablilty
Alcohol consumption while using the medication may greatly enhance the likelihood of experiencing side effects. Chemical interactions will also occur if the medication is taken with any monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Fluvoxin is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.