Luvox is a form of medication used in the treatment of serious mental conditions and is only available through a prescription. It was first produced and marketed by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, a Belgium based pharmaceutical company which has recently been taken over by Abbott Laboratories, a company with over 120 years of history in the industry and with worldwide experience.
Luvox became very controversial after being banned and then re-approved by the FDA. It was developed by Solvay Pharmaceuticals and started being commercialized in 1984, got banned in 1999 after a shooting incident that involved a teenager that was taking Luvox at the time. In 2008, after revising the formula Solvay reintroduced the substance on the US market, with FDA approval.
Luvox is a very potent drug, normally prescribed to people suffering from severe depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior or post-traumatic stress disorder. Commonly, if you suffer from any serious medical conditions, you won’t be prescribed Luvox unless other forms of treatment have proven ineffective.
If you suffer, or believe you are suffering from any form of mental conditions, you should contact your doctor and ask for his advice. It is up to him or her to decide whether Luvox is the correct form of treatment you should follow.
Luvox contains the following ingredients: fluvoxamine maleate, mannitol, maize starch, pregelatinised potato starch, sodium stearyl fumarate, colloidal anhydrous silica, hypromellose, macrogol 6000, talc, titanium dioxide.
The active ingredient in Luvox is Fluvoxamine, a substance with antidepressant action. It acts as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI); this means that it increases the cellular concentration of serotonin which is meant to slow down neurotransmission and have beneficial effects for the people taking it.
It was initially developed as treatment for OCD, but has since been used to also treat various anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder. Fluvoxamine is actually recommended for OCD treatment in children and teenagers, and it has been shown to have long-lasting effects.
As with most SSRIs, there are some side-effects associated with this product. Patients taking Fluvoxamine commonly experience some nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, insomnia, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, sweating, weight gain, weight loss or unusual bruising. There is also a warning associated with this product, as it is believed to increase the intensity and frequency of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. It has also been associated with a violent behavior, though the evidence in this case is circumstantial.
There is a large list of possible negative interactions for Fluvoxamine, among which caffeine, tobacco smoke, diazepam and many others. Consult your doctor regarding the full list of interactions for this substance in order to prevent any undesired effects following consumption.
The dosage for Luvox is to be determined by you and your doctor and is usually a lengthy process that can take up to a few weeks. The dosage has to be set based on weight, age, metabolism and varies from person to person. As with any prescription medication, it is strongly advised never to set your own dose.
- product is very effective against compulsive, depression and anxiety disorders
- Luvox has less effects on sexual behavior than most SSRI antidepressants
- can be used by children and teenagers
- has a large list of interactions with other substances
- there are many side-effects associated with this products
- risk of suicidal behavior in children and teenagers
- only available via prescription
Despite the controversy around this product in the past, Luvox has been used successfully in treating the conditions for which it was prescribed. Because of the possible side effects, it is recommended that patients taking Luvox are kept under some sort of supervision, particularly in the case of teenagers and children. If you experience any side effects while taking this medication or feel that it is not helping the condition it was prescribed for, you should contact your doctor, because it might not be the correct product for you. There is a wide range of products on the market designed for mostly any mental condition, so there is surely an alternative in case of negative interactions.