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What should I know about fluvoxamine extended-release?

Placebo-controlled studies on major depression and other psychiatric problems showed an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors in people under the age of 24 who used fluvoxamine maleate. The extended-release capsules should not be used for children. Families of anyone using fluvoxamine maleate should pay attention to any changes in the person's behavior and moods, and keep in contact with the doctor who prescribed the medication, in case any problems occur. Fluvoxamine maleate can cause complications in the third trimester of pregnancy, and can appear in breast milk if used during breast-feeding.

Talk with your doctor about possible risks in using fluvoxamine maleate if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Before using fluvoxamine maleate, talk with your doctor about any health conditions you have, especially any of the following: history of seizures; mania (elated feeling), hypomania (mild mania), or a history of either; bipolar disorder (alternating depression and elation) or a history of it; low sodium levels in the blood; adverse reactions to neuroleptic (antipsychotic) drugs, or a history of bleeding problems; heart disease; heart attack; liver disease; smoking. Also, discuss with your doctor all other medications you use, both prescription and non-prescription, before you take fluvoxamine maleate extended-release capsules.

You should not take fluvoxamine maleate within 14 days before or after taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). If you take fluvoxamine maleate extended-release capsules, read the consumer information leaflet before you begin treatment and each time you receive a refill. Take only the prescribed amount, only as often as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the capsules whole, rather than crushing or chewing them. Avoid drinking alcohol and taking other depressants while using fluvoxamine maleate.

Allow yourself time to adjust to the medication and be aware of its effects on your reflexes and judgment before you drive or engage in other potentially dangerous activities. Contact your doctor if you experience any troublesome reactions to the medication, or if your condition does not improve or becomes worse. Check with your doctor before you stop taking fluvoxamine maleate. Your doctor may prescribe tapering doses of the medication to avoid problems associated with suddenly stopping treatment.

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