What should I know about Luvox before taking it?

Fluvoxamine can increase your risk of suicidal thoughts and feelings, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, aggression, insomnia, irritability, panic attacks, restlessness, and frenzy. 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 to 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 breast-feeding. 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. You may need to wear protective clothing and sunblock at all times while taking fluvoxamine. You may need to avoid unnecessary sun exposure 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.

Fluvoxamine can have a number of drug interactions. Tell your doctor before taking fluvoxamine 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 (MAO) inhibitors or St. John's wort within the past 14 days.

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