Luvox treats anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders involving recurring thoughts or actions.
An antidepressant, Luvox belongs to a group of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). The drug acts on the chemicals in the brain that causes anxiety and obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
You should strictly follow your doctor’s direction wile taking the drug. Do not take Luvox in large amounts or take it for prolonged periods unless your doctor has asked you. As Luvox drug is an extended release capsule, it should only be swallowed. Crushing, breaking or chewing the drug only releases more of the drug into he body.
Luvox capsule can be taken with food or in empty stomach. Take care that you do not discontinue the medication. If the drug is stopped in the middle of a course, you may come across unwanted health conditions. You should also keep a track of your doses; never miss any dose. If you miss any dose by mistake, take it as you remember it. But if it is time for your regular dose, do not take the missed one. Never take an extra Luvox medicine for the missed dose.
If you think you have taken more than what has been prescribed, seek immediate medical help. Blurred vision, fast heart rate, extreme drowsiness, lack of coordination, nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing and coma are some of the overdose symptoms.
It is always better to inform your doctor about all your allergic reactions and your present and past health history. This will help the doctor to take an appropriate decision on the medication that should have to be administered. Tell the doctor if you have allergies to any particular drug, substance or food. Do not hide from the doctor if you have seizures, liver problems, bipolar disorder, history of drug abuse and suicidal thoughts.
Luvox is rated FDA pregnancy category C. This means that the drug can cause serious/life-threatening lung problems in the newborn. It is better not to take the drug during pregnancy. But if you have been using the drug, do not stop the drug without consulting your doctor. Breast-feeding women should also not use Luvox as the drug is traced in breast milk. The drug is also not prescribed to children below 18 years of age.
While taking the drug, you should be under the constant watch of your doctor. In the first several weeks, you may have thoughts of suicide, especially if you are younger.
It is better to avoid alcohol while taking Luvox. You should also not use Cold or allergy medicine, sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxers and medicines for anxiety seizures or depression. Apart from this, Luvox can also interact with certain medicines. Therefore, you have to tell your doctor about all the prescriptive and non-prescriptive medicines that you are using.
Luvox also comes with many serious and less side effects. Some of the serious side effects that has to be taken care of include; seizure, unusual thoughts, unusual behavior, anxiety, memory problems, hallucinations, high fever, loss of coordination, stiff muscles, confusion, uneven heartbeats, fast breathing and sweating.