What is fluvoxamine?

The fluvoxamine is used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What is fluvoxamine?

Fluvoxamine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by restoring the balance of the brain quantity of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

How is fluvoxamine taken?

Fluvoxamine is administered orally in the form of tablets.

Side effects of fluvoxamine

Taking fluvoxamine may be associated with serotonergic syndrome, an exaggerated increase in the serotonin signal. In addition, it can increase the risk of bleeding, eye problems and prolonged and painful erections.

Other possible adverse effects include:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • gas
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • stomach discomfort
  • stuffy nose
  • changes in taste
  • insomnia
  • He retched
  • weakness
  • yawning

It is important to contact a doctor immediately in case of:

  • Rash
  • urticaria
  • breathing difficulties
  • feeling of tightness or chest pain
  • swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • unusual behavior
  • dark stools or blood in the stool
  • confusion
  • loss of concentration
  • reduced coordination skills
  • problems in the sexual sphere
  • exaggerated reflexes
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heart beat
  • temperature
  • hallucinations
  • memory problems
  • agitation, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, aggression, impulsivity, irritability, hostility, sense of excessive well-being, restlessness or inability to sit still
  • painful or unusually abundant menstruation
  • painful and persistent erection
  • red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • convulsions
  • severe or persistent headache or insomnia
  • stiff muscles
  • stomach ache
  • suicidal instincts
  • tremors
  • bleeding or bruising
  • significant changes in mood or behavior
  • unusual swellings
  • unusual weakness

Contraindications and warnings

The intake of fluvoxamine is contraindicated to those who have taken linezolid or MAO inhibitors in the previous 14 days and in case of treatment with alosentron, pimozide, ramelteon, thioridazine or tizanidine. Furthermore, not all children can take it: each case must be carefully evaluated by the doctor.

The drug may impair your ability to drive or operate dangerous machinery. This side effect can be made worse by alcohol or by taking other medicines.

Before taking fluvoxamine it is important to tell your doctor:

  • of any allergies to the active substance, to its excipients, to any other drug, to foods or other substances
  • of the medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, in particular medicines containing methylene blue, anorectics, busipyrone, derivatives of fenfluramine, fentanyl, linezolid, lithium, MAO inhibitors, drugs for mental problems, metoclopramide, nefazodone, quinidine, rasagiline, selegiline, serotonin 5-HT1 receptor agonists, sibutramine, hypericum, trazodone, tryptophan, anticoagulants, aspirin, Fans, diuretics, tramadol, cisapride, phenothiazines, pimozide, cyproheptadine, alosetron, apripazide, benzodiazepine, beta-zazepine, beta-zazepine. , mexiletine, omeprazole, phenytoin, ramelteon, risperidone, SNRI, tacrine, theophylline, tizanidine and tricyclic antidepressants.
  • if you suffer (or have suffered) from bipolar disorder or other behavioral problems, mood disorders, convulsions, high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver problems, gastrointestinal bleeding, diabetes, blood or bone marrow disease, increased pressure in the eye or glaucoma, metabolic disturbances or low levels of sodium in the blood.
  • in case of dehydration
  • in case of stroke
  • in case of suicidal instincts
  • in the event of substance or alcohol abuse
  • if you smoke
  • if you drink alcohol
  • in case of programmed electroconvulsive therapy
  • if there are cases of bipolar disorder, other behavioral problems, mood disorders, suicidal instincts or substance or alcohol abuse in the family
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The drug may take several weeks to take before taking effect. However, treatment should never be stopped suddenly, under penalty of possible side effects.

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