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When should I call my doctor if I am taking Luvox?

If you are taking Luvox (fluvoxamine), a drug prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you should call your doctor for the following reasons:
  • You are considering stopping the drug. Do not stop taking Luvox without talking to your doctor first, because stopping abruptly may cause withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may want to reduce your dose gradually to prevent these symptoms.
  • You want to take another medication or a supplement. Luvox can interact with many drugs and supplements, so you shouldn't take any new substances without consulting your doctor first.
  • You find out you are pregnant. Luvox may cause harm to your developing fetus, particularly if taken late in pregnancy. Your doctor may recommend reducing the drug slowly during your pregnancy.
  • You are considering breastfeeding. Luvox can pass through breast milk to a breastfeeding baby, potentially causing harm.
  • You have been diagnosed with another medical condition. Luvox may not be safe for people who have heart, kidney, liver or bleeding problems or who have certain mental health issues including bipolar disorder or mania. Keep your doctor informed about any changes in your mental or physical health.
You should also call your doctor if you are having side effects from Luvox, particularly if you experience any of the following:
  • 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, 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
  • 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, excessive happiness or irritability, greatly increased energy, reckless behavior, trouble sleeping and talking more or faster than normal
  • in children: changes in appetite, weight or rate of growth
  • signs of low sodium levels in the blood including headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, mental confusion or memory problems

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