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Treating Children and Adult With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Fluvoxamine is a prescription medication. It is used in treating people with psychiatric disorders. This drug helps in restoring the balance of serotonin in the brain.

It is FDA approved in treating children and adults with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is available in tablet and capsule forms.

What condition does Fluvoxamine treats?

Fluvoxamine is useful in treating:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involving:
    • having unwanted thoughts
    • habitual actions that interferes with daily living
    • Intentional and irrational behaviors
    • impulses
  • Anxiety disorder such as:
    • social phobia
    • Panic attack
  • Major depression
    • Bulimia
    • Obesity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

How does Fluvoxamine works?

Fluvoxamine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It affects the chemicals in your brain called serotonin. This drug prevents the uptake of the chemicals in your brain thereby restoring the balance. The imbalances are the cause of depression and other mental disorders.

What is the dose for Fluvoxamine?

  • Adults

– The dose is 50 mg a day at bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose to 50 mg increment every 4-7 days. The maximum dose is 300 mg a day.

-For extended release tablets, the initial dose is 100 mg a day. The maximum dose is 300 mg a day.

  • Children 8-17 years of age

-The dose is 25 mg a day at bedtime. The dose may increase to 25 mg every 4-7 days. The maximum dose is 200 mg a day.

How to take Fluvoxamine?

  • Follow the direction on your product label.
  • Take the medicine by mouth at night.
  • You may take this drug with or without food.
  • Continue taking this drug even if you feel well.
  • Do not crew or chew the tablet. Swallow it whole.
  • Do not stop taking this drug without telling your doctor.
  • Do not increase you dose without your doctor’s knowledge.

What are the precautions in taking Fluvoxamine?

Make sure this drug is safe for you to take. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Seizures
  • Manic depression

Do not take this drug if:

  • You’re pregnant
  • You have allergic reactions to this drug

Costs of Luvox vs Generic Fluvoxamine

The generic brand Fluvoxamine is cheaper than the brand name Luvox. Fluvoxamine 100 mg costs $1.47 per unit price or $44.00 for 30 tabs. While the branded Luvox 100 mg costs $14.83 per unit price or $454.99 for 30 tabs.