fluvoxamine, Luvox (discontinued), Luvox CR (discontinued)

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GENERIC NAME: fluvoxamine

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: 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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Fluvoxamine is used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety disorder. However, like other SSRIs, it also has been used in the treatment of major depression, management of obesity, bulimia, schizophrenia, and panic disorder.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/17/2015



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