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How can I minimize the side effects of Luvox?

To minimize side effects from Luvox (fluvoxamine), a drug prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you should:
  • Take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less, or take it more or less frequently, than your doctor recommends. Do not stop taking Luvox without consulting your doctor first. Your doctor may need to lower your dose gradually to reduce your risk of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Make a list of all your medications (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements, and go over the list with your doctor before starting Luvox. Once you're on Luvox, do not take any new medication or supplement without consulting your doctor first.
  • Give your doctor a detailed medical history, including conditions that run in your family and medical issues you had in the past or have currently. Mention problems with your liver, kidneys or heart; low blood sodium levels or unusual bleeding; seizures or convulsions; bipolar disorder, mania or other mental health issues; high blood pressure or stroke.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant soon or are breastfeeding. Luvox may harm your developing fetus if taken during pregnancy, and it can pass into your breast milk and may harm your nursing infant.
  • Talk with your doctor about your lifestyle habits, especially if you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or use any drug recreationally. These habits may increase your risk of problems while taking Luvox.
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
  • sudden or severe changes in mood, actions or behavior or thoughts of suicide
  • symptoms of serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening condition caused by too-high levels of serotonin), including hallucinations, agitation, muscle twitching or stiffness, racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, sweating, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • symptoms of allergic reaction, including trouble breathing, rash or hives, joint pain or swelling of the face
  • symptoms of heart problems, including chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • seizures or convulsions
  • symptoms of mania, including racing thoughts or grandiose ideas, greatly increased energy, reckless behavior and trouble sleeping
  • signs of low sodium levels in the blood, including headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, mental confusion or memory problems

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