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What should I know about fluvoxamine before taking it?

Fluvoxamine can increase your risk of suicidal thoughts and feelings, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, aggression, insomnia, irritability and restlessness. These risks are particularly high in children, teenagers and adults younger than 24 years of age.

Your doctor will monitor you carefully for side effects while you are taking fluvoxamine. Do not take fluvoxamine if you are allergic to fluvoxamine or any of its ingredients.

Tell your doctor about your history of illegal and prescription drug use and your history of alcohol use. Do not take fluvoxamine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. Using tobacco with fluvoxamine can lower its effectiveness. Fluvoxamine can cause drowsiness, and using alcohol with fluvoxamine can increase this drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery or tools until you know how fluvoxamine will affect you.

Fluvoxamine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and wear protective clothing and sunblock while taking fluvoxamine.

If you must have surgery while taking fluvoxamine, no matter how minor, tell the dentist or surgeon that you are taking fluvoxamine.

If you have or have ever had kidney, adrenal, liver or heart disease, tell your doctor before taking fluvoxamine. It can have a number of drug interactions, so tell your doctor if you take any of the following: anticoagulants, alprazolam, carbamazepine, clozapine, clopidogrel, cyclosporine, dextromethorphan, diazepam and other benzodiazepines, diltiazem, diuretics, haloperidol, lithium, other antidepressants, heart medications, migraine medications, methadone, midazolam, phenytoin, theophylline, triazolam, anorexiants, fenfluramine derivatives, linezolid, trazodone, tryptophan and tramadol.

Tell your doctor if you are currently taking or have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or St. John's Wort within the past 14 days.

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