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    Information about Fluvoxamine

    Fluvoxamine uses

    Fluvoxamine is used in the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    How fluvoxamine works

    Fluvoxamine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

    Common side effects of fluvoxamine

    Low sexual desire, Delayed ejaculation, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Vomiting, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Nausea, Weight gain, Drowsiness, Erectile dysfunction, Stomach upset, Restlessness
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    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Advanced International Certification Course in Diabetes, Cardio-diabetes, Thyroid and Endocrine Disorders, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    21 May 2019 | 01:51 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Fluvoxamine

    • It should be taken at night with or without food.
    • The addiction/dependence potential of Fluvoxamine is very less.
    • Take caution while taking Fluvoxamine if you are using Benzodiazepines and MAO inhibitors previously.
    • Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Fluvoxamine affects you.
    • Fluvoxamine is when taken in combination with other drugs, leads to Serotonin syndrome. Avoid serotonergic drugs like triptans, lithium, and tramadol.
    • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Fluvoxamine


    Q. How long does Fluvoxamine take to work?

    Some of your symptoms may improve within 1-2 weeks of taking Fluvoxamine. Improvement of your symptoms is a signal of this medicine working. However, this medicine may take 6-8 weeks to work.

    Q. How long does Fluvoxamine stay in the body?

    Fluvoxamine stays for 3-5 days in the body. This duration is very less when compared with other medicines of its class.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)