fluvoxamine, Luvox, Luvox CR

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GENERIC NAME: fluvoxamine

BRAND NAME: Luvox, Luvox CR

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Fluvoxamine is a drug that is used for treating several psychiatric disorders. It is a member of the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class that also includes fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), and paroxetine (Paxil). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors affect neurotransmitters, chemicals that nerves in the brain use to communicate with each other. Neurotransmitters are released by nerves, travel across the spaces between nerves and then attach to receptors on other nerves. Many experts believe that an imbalance in neurotransmitters is the cause of depression and other psychiatric disorders. Fluvoxamine works by inhibiting the uptake of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, from the spaces between nerve cells following its release. Therefore, there is more serotonin available in the spaces to attach to other nerves and stimulate them. Fluvoxamine was approved by the FDA for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in December 1994.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 25, 50 and 100 mg. Tablets (extended release): 100 and 150 mg.

STORAGE: Tablets should be kept at room temperature, 15- 30 C (59-86 F).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/31/2013



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