Fluvoxin (Fluvoxamine) alleviates and improves symptoms of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and it works by acting on the brain neurons. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), however it is in a different chemical series and is therefore not related to the other types of SSRI medications. OCD is known as an anxiety disorder, and it causes patients to experience repeated thoughts, sensations, and obsessive or compulsive rituals (such as repeated hand washing).
This can be serious enough to have a negative impact on the person`s social life, often causing severe anxiety and stress. Treatment options include cognitive behavior therapy, medical treatment or other possible methods. In medical trials, this medicine was show to block the uptake of serotonin, but without any significant affinity for most other receptors. This is believed to contribute to an increase in serotonin levels, thereby helping to normalize chemical activity in the brain.
As a result of this, OCD patients treated with this medicine may notice an improvement in their symptoms and daily life. Patietns have also taken it for major depressive disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and other related conditions. Medical research has been conducted by leading experts to explore other possible uses for this drug. One of these studies focused on BDD (body dysmorphic disorder), a mental disorder which can cause substantial distress.
Dosage and AdministrationFluvoxin (Fluvoxamine) is available as 50mg and 100mg film coated tablets. Your physician will advise you on which strength of tablet to use, as well as the frequency of dosing. Adults treating OCD are usually directed by their physician to take 50mg per day as an initial dosage. The tablet is normally taken at night. Depending on the clinical response, the physician may decide to titrate the dosage, possibly in increments of 50mg, occurring at intervals of 4 to 7 days.
The maintenance dosage usually ranges from 100mg to 300mg every day, however if the total daily dosage exceeds 100mg, it will normally be administered as 2 separate doses. Physicians generally aim to control the patient`s symptoms on the lowest possible amount of medicine. Regular medical appointments will also be scheduled by the physician, so as that the patient`s dosage can be continuously assessed and the necessity for medical treatment re-evaluated.
Side effectsFluvoxin (Fluvoxamine) could lead to reactions, such as:
- Low libido
- Memory difficulties
- Perspiring at an increased rate
- Abnormal increases or decreases in weight
Be sure to see your physician if any side effects occur. The occurrence of any symptoms which indicate a serious reaction will require the immediate assistance of a physician. Examples of this include bleeding from the nose, twitches, abnormal reflexes, excitable behavior, unusual movements of the face and other serious side effects not referenced in this paragraph.
PrecautionsThe families and physicians of patients taking Fluvoxin (Fluvoxamine) must be fully aware of the risk posed by antidepressants, which can include exacerbation of depression and suicidal thinking. Patients will need to consult a physician immediately if this occurs.
This medicine can affect the metabolism of caffeine. This could lead to shaking and nausea. Consumption of beverages such as coffee or tea may need to be avoided during treatment.