Can Luvox interact with other medications or foods?

Luvox (fluvoxamine), a drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), is not known to interact with food but may interact with some medications or supplements, possibly changing the effectiveness of Luvox or the other drugs or increasing side effects. Before you start taking Luvox, make a list of all medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements that you take, and go over the list carefully with your doctor. Once you're on Luvox, do not take any new drugs or supplements without consulting your doctor first. Be sure to tell your doctor if you take any of the following:
  • drugs to treat depression or any mental health condition, especially monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine, clozapine or pimozide
  • the antibiotic linezolid
  • the muscle relaxant tizanidine
  • alosetron (given to treat irritable bowel syndrome)
  • headache medications or any drug with "triptan" in the name
  • the pain reliever tramadol
  • benzodiazepines (used to treat anxiety, seizures, emotional upset and other problems), especially diazepem, ramelteon and alprazolam
  • the pain reliever methadone
  • mexiletine, a heart medication
  • the asthma medication theophylline
  • blood thinners, including warfarin, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • diuretics
  • tryptophan
  • St. John's wort
  • antacids such as carbamazepine and omeprazole
  • beta-blockers (blood pressure medicines) such as propranolol and metoprolol
Also, be sure to tell your doctor if you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or use any drug recreationally.

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