Fluvoxamine review

Fluvoxamine is a mood elevator. It has antidepressant properties that can help treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Social Phobia.

Fluvoxamine was one of the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) launched in 1984. It was developed by Solvay Pharmaceuticals. In 1994, Fluvoxamine was introduced in the United States and the following year, in Japan. In 1997, this antidepressant drug received approval from FDA. Fluvoxamine went under harsh criticisms after a shooting incident in Columbine High School in 1999 involved a teenager who has been under drug medication for a while. As a result, sales of Fluvoxamine in the US fell, prompting the manufacturer to withdraw the drug from the market. Three years later, Fluvoxamine was reintroduced under a different manufacturer and a different trade name as well.

Before taking Fluvoxamine, you must discuss your medical history with your doctor. Some factors may affect the effectiveness of the drug and may also further its side effects. Such factors include an allergy to the drug and its components, other medications that you are taking including your vitamins and herbal supplements, and an existing addiction to either alcohol, prohibited and prescription drugs, or cigarettes.

Fluvoxamine is mostly prescribed to young children, teenagers, and young adults up to the age of 24. It comes in tablet form that is taken orally by mouth. The dosage requirement for one patient differs from another but in most cases, Fluvoxamine is prescribed to be taken once or twice daily. Fluvoxamine is a long acting drug. It may take a while before you enjoy its full benefits. It is mostly prescribed for a long period of time and it is important that you continue taking it even if your symptoms improve much earlier. Any movement in your dosage must also be supervised and directed only by your doctor.

Fluvoxamine can make you drowsy and consuming alcohol while under medication would only worsen your symptom. So it is important that you skip alcohol as much as possible. Your doctor may also advice you to stop smoking while using Fluvoxamine as a treatment. Tobacco products are found responsible in reducing the effectiveness of the drug.

Aside from drowsiness, Fluvoxamine may also cause some conditions such as headache, diarrhea, nervousness, and abnormal ejaculation among others. These symptoms of side effects usually go away after a while, as soon as your body gets adjusted to the medicine. If you find your symptoms bothersome at any point or comes with other more serious side effects, you must call your doctor immediately. Excessive sweating, irregular heartbeat, skin rash, and seizures are among the alarm signs that you must look out for.

To be safe with Fluvoxamine, make sure that you are under competent supervision while using it as a treatment. Your doctor needs to monitor your progress with the drug including your body’s reaction to its effects. If you find someone with the same symptoms as yours, never attempt to share your prescription with him. Prescription medicines like Fluvoxamine are only given under established circumstances.

Fluvoxamine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of fluvoxamine

• Molecular formula of fluvoxamine is C15H21F3N2O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[[5-methoxy-1-[4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-pentylidene]amino]oxyethanamine
• Molecular weight is 318.335 g/mol
Fluvoxamine available : 25mg tablets, 50mg tablets, 100mg tablets

Brand name(s): Dumirox, Faverin, Fevarin, Floxyfral, Fluvoxamina, Fluvoxaminum, Luvox, Maveral

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