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What are the side effects of Luvox CR?

Common side effects of Luvox (fluvoxamine) are:
  • nausea
  • insomnia
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • weakness
  • vomiting
  • nervousness
  • agitation
  • dizziness
  • upset stomach or indigestion
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite or weight
  • shaking
  • dry mouth
  • stuffy nose
  • changes in taste
  • frequent urination
  • changes in sex drive or ability
Luvox belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It treats obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by adjusting the level of the chemical serotonin in the brain. One function of serotonin is to help regulate mood.

In a review of studies, about 4% of children, teens and young adults on SSRIs experienced suicidal thoughts or actions, compared to about 2% of depressed people of these ages who took placebos, or "sugar pills." If your child is on Luvox, you may need to monitor him carefully for changes, including worsening depression, behaving aggressively or impulsively, agitation, restlessness, panic attacks or other changes in mental status.

Call the doctor right away if you're taking Luvox and experience the following problems:
  • sudden or severe changes in mood, actions or behavior
  • symptoms of serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening condition caused by excess serotonin), including hallucinations, loss of consciousness, 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, tongue, eyes or mouth
  • symptoms of heart problems, including chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • seizures or convulsions
  • symptoms of mania including racing thoughts or grandiose ideas, excessive happiness or irritability, 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
  • eye pain, changes in vision or swelling or redness in the eye
Luvox may also interact with other drugs or supplements, potentially increasing side effects. Before taking Luvox, give your doctor a list of all medications (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements that you take. Once you begin Luvox, check with your doctor before taking any new drug or supplement.

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