Fluvoxamine (Faverin)

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Overview: Fluvoxamine, known by the brand name Faverin, is an antidepressant of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class. Fluvoxamine is mainly used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, however it can sometimes be used for depression or anxiety. Fluvoxamine has helped many people recover from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It doesn’t have many side effects compared to older antidepressants. Fluvoxamine is only available on prescription.

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Key Facts: It will take around four to six weeks for Fluvoxamine to work, however minor improvements might be visible after around a week. There are a few side effects to Fluvoxamine, as mentioned below. Fluvoxamine should be used without interruption – you shouldn’t suddenly stop taking the medication. The medication should help jump start your mood, and slowly make you feel like your old self again.

 

How do they work?: Unfortunately, it isn’t entirely known how antidepressants work. The most widely accepted belief is that antidepressants work by increasing levels of a group of chemicals in the brain named neurotransmitters. Some of these neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and noradrenaline, can help improve mood and emotion. How this process exactly works is unknown. It is recommended that Fluvoxamine is used in conjunction with therapy.

 

Dosage: You should take Fluvoxamine once a day. It doesn’t upset the stomach, and thus can be taken with or without food. You should take the tablet at the same time each day. The usual dose of Fluvoxamine is 100mg a day in adults. Sometimes, a lower dose will be prescribed, especially at the beginning of treatment. The maximum dose per day is 300mg. It can take some time to find the correct dose. A typical treatment course of Fluvoxamine is six months, though a longer treatment course is common.

 

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Side Effects

With each box of Fluvoxamine, there will be an information leaflet enclosed. This will provide an exhaustive list of side effects. Side effects from Fluvoxamine should only last a few days, and are relatively mild. It is natural to experience some side effects as your body gets used to the medication.

 

Common side effects of Fluoxetine include sickness, insomnia, tiredness, weight loss, agitation, anxiety, constipation, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction and weakness. Abnormal dreams, though less likely with Fluvoxamine than other SSRIs, are ordinary to experience.

 

Serious side effects include suicidal thinking, seizures, chest pain and psychosis. An overdose should be avoided, as it can cause the potentially fatal Serotonin Syndrome. You should contact your doctor if any of these serious side effects take place.

 

 

Cautions

You should always read the information leaflet that comes with your medication as it will include important information there. You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication. It is important that you don’t use the herbal remedy St. Johns wort. You shouldn’t take any other antidepressant with Fluvoxamine unless directed by your doctor. Always check the information leaflet and ask your Doctor regarding any questions.

 

Alcohol acts as a depressant, therefore it is recommended that anyone taking an antidepressant stays away from drinking alcohol. Combining Fluvoxamine with  recreational drugs is also not recommended.

 

Fluvoxamine is normally not recommended in pregnancy or the breastfeeding stage. Risk to the unborn baby cannot be ruled out. However, some research has suggested Fluvoxamine is okay to take while pregnant and breastfeeding. Ask your doctor for advice.

 

Fluvoxamine is rarely prescribed to people under the age of 18. Antidepressants are generally not recommended for people under the age of 18 due to the risk of increased suicidal thoughts in adolescents. Instead, some form of psychotherapy is recommended.

 

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