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Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions,
including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can
help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important
benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people
(especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any
condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms,
or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with
the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication
(especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a
Fluvoxamine is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It helps
decrease persistent/unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and urges to perform
repeated tasks (compulsions such as hand-washing, counting, checking) that
interfere with daily living. Fluvoxamine belongs to a class of drugs known
as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This medication works by
helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals
(neurotransmitters such as serotonin) in the brain.
Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, upset stomach, drowsiness, dizziness,
diarrhea, trouble sleeping, and sweating may occur. If any of these effects
persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: personal or family history of psychiatric disorder
(e.g., bipolar/manic-depressive disorder), personal or family history of
suicide attempts, liver disease, seizures, low sodium in the blood,
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Use caution while driving, using
machinery, or doing any activity that requires alertness. Avoid alcoholic
Liver function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the
liver. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects
while using this drug. The elderly are also more likely to develop a type of
mineral imbalance (hyponatremia), especially if they are also taking "water
pills" (diuretics) with this medication.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more
sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially loss of appetite and
weight loss. It is important to monitor weight and growth in children who
are taking this drug.
Use this medication only when clearly needed during pregnancy. It may harm
an unborn baby. Also, babies born to mothers who have used this drug during
the last 3 months of pregnancy may infrequently develop withdrawal symptoms
such as feeding/breathing difficulties, seizures, muscle stiffness, or
constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn, tell
the doctor promptly.
Since untreated depression can be a serious condition, do not stop taking
this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning
pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately
discuss the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy
with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a
nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using
this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.