When should I call my doctor if my child is taking Luvox?

If your child or teen is taking Luvox (fluvoxamine), a drug prescribed to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in children ages 8 to 17, call the doctor for the following reasons:
  • Your child wants to stop taking Luvox. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms, including potentially dangerous changes in mood or mental status. You and your child should talk to the doctor about how to stop safely.  
  • Your child wants to take another medication or supplement in addition to Luvox. Interactions could lead to serious side effects. Give your child's doctor a list of all medications (prescription and nonprescription), supplements and herbal remedies that your child takes. Do not give your child any new medicine or supplement without checking with the doctor first.
  • Your child has been diagnosed with another medical condition. Be sure your child's doctor is informed of all changes in your child's mental and physical health.
  • Your teen becomes pregnant. Luvox may harm a developing fetus when taken during pregnancy.
Call your child's doctor at the first sign of any of the following side effects from Luvox:
  • sudden or severe changes in mood, actions or behavior. Luvox belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which work by adjusting the level of the chemical serotonin in the brain. Children, teens and young adults who take SSRIs are at increased risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions. Watch your child for signs of worsening depression, aggressive or impulsive behavior, agitation, restlessness, panic attacks or other changes in mental status.
  • symptoms of serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening condition caused by too-high levels of serotonin), including hallucinations, agitation, muscle twitching or stiffness, racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, sweating, fever, nausea 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
  • changes in appetite or weight
  • signs of low sodium levels in the blood, including headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, mental confusion or memory problems
  • agitation or increase in activity
  • excessive gas
  • heavy menstrual periods
  • rash

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