Getting to Know the Drug: Fluvoxamine
Fluvoxamine is a drug that helps treat mental health disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorders. It falls under the group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). And it is also an antidepressant that works by boosting serotonin (a natural molecule that aids in mental stability) levels in the brain.
Furthermore, the intake of the drug may also be beneficial when used “off-label” to treat other psychological disorders.
Some of these disorders include:
- Major depressive disorder (MDD)
- Social anxiety disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Eating disorders (such as bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder)
The term “off-label” refers to a treatment that has not been approved by the FDA for a given condition. If your mental health professional recommends an “off-label” treatment, they should explain why. They should also be upfront about the drug’s limitations and possible side effects.
How To Take Fluvoxamine
Fluvoxamine is available as a tablet and an extended-release capsule for oral use. The tablet is normally used once a day, before bedtime, or twice a day, once in the mornings and once before sleeping. The extended-release capsule is normally taken once daily at bedtime, with or without meals.
When you are prescribed this drug, you should follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. If there is anything you do not understand, feel free to ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the most important thing you need to keep in mind about this drug is to keep taking it even if you feel better. Do not discontinue taking fluvoxamine without first consulting your physician as you may experience several withdrawal symptoms. These may include: