Fluvoxamine is prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder. An obsession is marked by continual, unwanted thoughts that prevent proper functioning in everyday living. Compulsive behavior is typified by ritualistic actions such as repetitious washing, repeating certain phrases, completing steps in a process over and over, counting and recounting, checking and rechecking to make sure that something has not been forgotten, excessive neatness, and hoarding of useless items.
Fluvoxamine is thought to work by increasing levels of serotonin, a brain chemical associated with mood and thinking. It belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which also includes antidepressants such as Paxil and Prozac.
Fluvoxamine side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Weight Loss;
- Dry Mouth;
- Abnormal Ejaculation;
The usual starting dose is one 50-mg tablet taken at bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose, depending upon your response. The maximum daily dose is 300 mg. If you take more than 100 mg a day, your doctor will divide the total amount into 2 doses; if the doses are not equal, you should take the larger dose at bedtime. Older adults and people with liver problems may need a reduced dosage.
For children ages 8 to 17, the recommended starting dose is 25 mg taken at bedtime. The dose may be increased to a maximum of 200 mg daily for children under 11, and 300 mg for children aged 11 to 17. Young girls sometimes respond to lower doses than boys do. Larger daily dosages are divided in two, as for adults.