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Fluvoxamine

Why is this medication prescribed?

Fluvoxamine is used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Fluvoxamine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken either once daily at bedtime or twice daily, once in the morning and once at bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take fluvoxamine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Continue to take fluvoxamine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking fluvoxamine without talking to your doctor, especially if you have taken large doses for a long time. Your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually. This drug must be taken regularly for a few weeks before its full effect is felt.

Other uses for this medicine

Fluvoxamine also is used occasionally to treat depression. Talk with your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking fluvoxamine,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to fluvoxamine or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially MAO inhibitors as phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate) even if you stopped taking them in the last 2 weeks, alprazolam (Xanax), anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin), astemizole (Hismanal), buspirone (Buspar), carbamazepine (Tegretol), cisapride (Propulsid), clozapine (Clozaril), cyclosporine, dextromethorphan, diazepam (Valium), diltiazem (Cardizem), diuretics ('water pill'), haloperidol (Haldol), heart medications, lithium, medications for depression, methadone, midazolam (Versed), phenytoin (Dilantin), pimozide (Orap), sumatriptan (Imitrex), terfenadine (Seldane), theophylline (TheoDur), thioridazine (Mellaril), triazolam (Halcion), L-tryptophan, and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart, kidney, adrenal,or liver disease; or a history of depression or mania; seizures; or a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking fluvoxamine, call your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking fluvoxamine.
  • you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
  • remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
  • tell your doctor if you use tobacco products. Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of this drug.
  • plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Fluvoxamine may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. However, if you remember a missed dose when it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

If you take fluvoxamine once a day at bedtime and do not remember it until the next morning, omit the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from fluvoxamine are common. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • upset stomach
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • indigestion
  • nervousness
  • tremor
  • weakness
  • abnormal ejaculation
  • difficulty sleeping

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • rapid heartbeat
  • sweating
  • skin rash
  • hives
  • seizures or convulsions

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

It is important to keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to fluvoxamine.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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