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Luvox: Medication for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?


Luvox: Why is it prescribed?

luvoxLuvox is an antidepressant that is frequently prescribed for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in addition to depression. Obsessions usually involve frequent, unwanted thoughts that prevent you from performing your daily activities. Compulsive or ritualistic behaviors usually appear in the form of repetitions such as the frequently washing of your hands or performing any other function or process repetitiously such is counting and recounting, or constantly checking to make sure that you have not forgotten something. Also, compulsive behavior may include excessive neatness or even the hoarding of useless items.


Luvox: Some important facts about this medication

Before starting medication therapy with Luvox, you should always let your doctor know what other medications you're taking, which includes both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Luvox combined with other medications may cause serious or even life-threatening effects. You should avoid taking Luvox within 14 days of taking any antidepressant medication classified as an MAO inhibitor such as Parnate or Nardil. Also, you should never take Luvox with the medication Orap.

When should Luvox not be prescribed?

Luvox should never be prescribed if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication or similar drugs such as Zoloft and Prozac. Always make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have ever experienced.

Luvox: Special warnings related to this medication.

You should always discuss any medical conditions that you have prior to starting therapy with Luvox as certain diseases and physical conditions may have some effect on your reaction to this medication. You should use this drug cautiously if you've ever suffered from seizures. If you experience any seizures while taking Luvox stop it immediately and call your physician. If you have any history of suicidal thoughts or behaviors, be sure to tell your doctor and he/she may want to reduce your dosage or adjust it accordingly.

If you have had a manic episode (out-of-control behavior, excessively energetic) you should use this medication cautiously.

If you've ever had liver disease your doctor may want to adjust your dosage of Luvox.

This medication may cause you to become drowsy or less alert and have some effect on your judgment. Always be cautious when operating dangerous machinery or participating in any otherwise hazardous activity that requires your full mental attention until you are sure of how you'll react to this medication.

Luvox has also been known to deplete the body's supply of salt especially in the elderly and people taking diuretics or suffering from dehydration. Under these circumstances, your doctor will check your salt levels regularly.

Finally if you develop any hives or rashes or any other possible allergic reactions, you should notify your doctor immediately.

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Information adapted from The PDR Family Guide Guide to Prescription Drugs

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)  

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