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User Reviews for Fluvoxamine

Also known as: Luvox, Luvox CR

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 80 reviews 11 medications
   
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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Was switched to luvox from lexapro since we found out my anxiety and depression is stemmed from my OCD. Ruminations and cleaning OCD tendencies. I cannot explain how INCREDIBLE that has completely flipped my mindset off (in a good way). I no longer need to take my high doses of xanax to sleep, I do not need to take xanax during the day, I also do not need to take my adderall to concentrate anymore. I know this is an older drug, but I wish I would have known about this before the lexapro!"

   
9.0

teacherteacher14 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 31, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Started on 50 mg for a week and didn't feel anything except loss of appetite and anxiety. Doctor said that was not a therapeutic dose and upped my dosage to 100mg. Four days into the 100mg dose and I am a wreck. I had bad panic attacks, extreme nausea, and the shakes. I did throw up as well. While I suffer from thought compulsions, I also deal with generalized anxiety disorder. This did not help at all and made me worse. Now I am back to 50mg and working my way off... horrible experience and feel sick. If you are looking for an anxiety med, DO NOT use this!"

   
1.0

Stephanie anxiety July 30, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I was prescribed this medication when I was 14 for OCD and panic attacks. During my time on it I took between 150 and 200 mg and had a very negative reaction. The medicine made me unbearably tired, so much so that I experienced visual hallucinations due to such extreme exhausting. Also, I now have major gaps in my memory from that time. I think Luvox can be effective, but be careful with it, especially if you're young and/or very small (I was less than 100 pounds at the time so you can imagine how I'd react to a dose like that). It got rid of many of my anxiety and OCD symptoms, but at what cost? By far the strongest SSRI I have ever taken. Tread carefully."

   
2.0

mary9090 July 26, 2017

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "best drug for OCD but dose must be 200mg morning and night"

   
10

marlinxx25 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 15, 2017

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I was given Luvox a few months ago after unsuccessful attempts with Prozac, paxil, and Lexapro. I had heard so many promising things about Luvox, and it seemed to be the miracle drug for many people with OCD. For me, however, it was an absolute nightmare. Possibly the worst drug I've been on. I was on a low dosage, can't remember what, but even then the side effects were unbearable. I threw up every morning for two months straight taking this stuff. The day I stopped taking it, this ended. I also had sleep problems with this medication, and have never had sleeping issues in my life. I have since switched to Clomipramine and it is working WONDERS compared to Luvox. That just goes to show every one responds totally different to drugs."

   
3.0

ocdman July 12, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I am a life-long sufferer of OCD - started when I was 7-8 years old when OCD wasn't even a common word or diagnosis - am now 52. I tried many drugs in the 1990s - most had awful side effects. I found Luvox in 1994 (from a knowledgeable MD) and it helped. I managed to live a productive life. I stopped taking it 5 years ago - thinking I could use my life skills to cope with OCD and anxiety, but learned behavioral and coping skills can only work to a certain extent in a person whose brain chemistry and/or neurons are not functioning correctly. My doctor recommended I get back on it, so I am starting it up again. For what its worth: therapy can greatly help an OCD victim - and IMO the best therapists are the ones that have or had OCD themselves."

   
9.0

PJK Grizz (taken for 10 years or more) July 8, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I took luvox after coming off sertraline for bad side effect, my main problem are insomnia and I can't sleep at night after I had my baby 6 month ago. I started 1st on 25 mg for about 3 days and after that 50mg for the next 2 weeks. I can feel the different in my anxiety but sleep and mood not improved. My pdoc increase my dose to 75mg , but it seems to make me even worst. Then after 2 week my pdoc increase the dose to 100mg. I can feel the difference but not in good way. My moods are still low and I just don't wanna do anything. My sleep also has not improved. I'm struggling every day. I developed new instrusive thought too. I can't hold it anymore because this AD do make me worst than before. Bad AD !!!!!!!"

   
1.0

azrwty June 26, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I've been on it from 2 months for my anxiety and its working pretty fine but I've decreased libido and low sexual drive and its concerning for a young guy to have this sort of side effects. I am gonna consult my doctor about this"

   
7.0

PalashT (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 12, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I was first put on this med in 1995 to deal with my OCD which manifests itself in compulsive negative thought and inability to overcome negativity, as well as occasional wishing I would die and suicidal thoughts (never acted upon). Due to frequent professionally-caused moves around the world, periodically Luvox was unavailable to me, so I was placed on alternatives such as Zoloft and others, all of which had heavy side effects. The best thing for me about Luvox was my ability to cope, no sexual side effects, and also the ability to still feel, all of which other drugs (especially Zoloft) prevented, leaving me feeling like a zombie. Luvox let me be me without my OCD and generally with it, I am a happier, more positive and creative person."

   
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TLBW May 25, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Been on Luvox for 270 days and it's been good."

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 23, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I had attempted suicide and was convinced my life was over prior to being on this, it saved my life plain and simple. I take risperdal to augment the effect of luvox. If you find the luvox isn't working entirely try adding on an antipsychotic, it did wonders for me. I have schizophrenia and OCD, so having an antipsychotic is absolutely essential. But yeah, Luvox has done wonders for me. It may take a few months before you feel the full effects though. I just got raised to 200mg and so far so good. Thank you Luvox."

   
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JonSnow2013 March 30, 2017

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I've been on fluvoxamine for about 5 years. I was put on them when I was 12, I was diagnosed with transformational obsession (fear turning into people) . Fluvoxamine reduced my OCD thoughts for about 3 years and I was so happy, which was great! Clearly starting about 2 summers ago I feel they have become less effective and however hard I try I cannot maintain a level of happiness. I have constant a undertone of anxiety and my OCD thoughts are starting to come back full force (every minute), however for a long time I have just felt confused, questioning the meaning of things and I just wonder whether this is correlating with the tablets. I have no reason to be sad, and I really try to be happy! "

   
6.0

MKtraveller March 22, 2017

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For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "I was recovering from severe PTSD linked to bipolar 2 and autism spectrum disorder. I lived in a sort of dual reality, with violent images of past trauma continually playing into the present. Every thought stopping technique and medication failed to solve the problem until Fluvoxamine was added to the mix. For me, it stopped the images immediately. I was finally able to smile again! And I do not recall experiencing any particular side effects. Of course, I always insisted that my doctors start me on low doses, as side effects were a definite concern. Everyone is different. But for intrusive thoughts and images, I would definitely recommend that this medicine be given a try. What does not work at all for some may work wonders for others!"

   
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RHB1 March 20, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "It totally solved my Severe OCD and , to some extent, social anxiety"

   
9.0

Reeme March 10, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I have been on Luvox for many years, it has normalized my emotions/anxiety levels. I have gone off it once or twice but depression & anxiety have once again flared to the unbearable. I sometimes feel tired but I also have fibromyalgia so that could be causing it. I often have a dry mouth & experience low libido but nothing as bad as the hopelessness I felt when not on it - Luvox has improved the quality of my life"

   
9.0

SVeeBee February 27, 2017

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For Depression: "I stated on Fluvoxamine 5 years ago. Then when fluvoxamine 100 mg extended release came out I switched to it. I've been experiencing sporadic low grade fevers, intestinal cramping, diarrhea and red eyes. I've been through years of testing and finally came up with an answer Fluvoxamine. This medication interacts with many other medications and can cause serious and fatal side effects. This medication is extremely hard to wean off of. It helped my depression initially but now has caused me more depression."

   
8.0

Ed K (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 24, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "This may be the most effective drug for OCD (or a close second to clomipramine [ANAFRANIL]). It is inexpensive, and for me worked within a week to calm down intrusive thoughts and lifted my overall mood. I have been on and off this medication 3-4 times, and it worked each time to save me from crippling depression. That said, like all SSRIs, this medication caused sexual dysfunction (difficulty having an orgasm, delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction), which was a deal breaker for me, even with OCD. I will say, however, that IN MY EXPERIENCE, the sexual dysfunction caused by fluvoxamine was not as bad as the dysfunction caused by paroxetine [PAXIL], sertraline [ZOLOFT], or Anafranil."

   
6.0

RWi February 1, 2017

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Anxiety and Stress: "I've had a severe depression with anxiety. I must have tried countless products, one worse than the next. I've been on Cipralex for 15 years - but it stopped working. Latuda was terrible - why did they give it to me??... I can't even recall half the names. Finally, there's a perfect solution for me. It's so terrific I need to share it. I take Cymbalta (min. dose) in the morning (with my synthroid), and take Luvox (min. dose) at night, along with half a zoplicone (7.5 mg) for sleeping. I haven't felt this well since I can remember. The Cymbalta takes care of my fibromyalgia / headaches, and the Luvox has cleared away all the anxiety. It's a miracle. It's been a month now. I'm back to work and feeling well."

   
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Thea-B.D. January 23, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "When I found out I had severe OCD and anxiety, I was prescribed this med. I was so scared to take it at first because literally I thought I would die. Then my anxiety got so bad that I eventually promised myself I would take it for 1 month, push through the side effects, and if I didn't feel better, I would quit. I've been taking it now for 8 months and I can honestly tell you this was the best decision of my life. I feel like a real person... thoughts come and then leave. I don't get caught up on them like I used to. The only reason I'm giving it a 9 and not a 10 is for side effects in the beginning. But, the negative responses I see from everyone else seems like choices that they chose. This isn't a fix your life pill, but it helps."

   
9.0

DPM123 January 20, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I've been taking 50 mg of fluvoxamine 8 days. It works amazing for getting the horrible thoughts I experience daily to leave my mind - I can just turn it off & feel normal & calm. If it didn't have so many negative side effects, it would be the perfect medication for me. I've been experiencing headaches, nausea, lack of motivation, trouble getting up in the morning, lack of concentration, it's completely killed my sex drive & it make me feel almost wired at bed time , before I crash into a drug induced sleep. It also makes me feel constantly hungry, even after a large meal. If I were to keep taking this I think I'd become obese. I rated it a 3 because it worked for what I needed it for. Disappointed it wasn't for me:("

   
3.0

ACKM January 6, 2017

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I've only being taking these about a week and a half for my OCD, my doctor started me on the 100mg sure they worked with my OCD but I am not getting more than 3 hrs sleep a night, I dropped down to the 50mg and my sleep is worse, feels like I've had 5 rounds of speed..."

   
4.0

Glennv43 December 21, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I have been taking fluvoxamine for at least 8 months & have had no change in my feelings. I started at 50 MG, then went to 75 MG, then to 100 MG."

   
2.0

Anonymous December 16, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Use this drug with precaution. I am a female in my early 20's. I was prescribed luvox for severe OCD and within a week on it, my OCD spiraled out of control and impaired my ability to function. My psychiatrist initiated the weening process way too quickly and I am currently experiencing sickening withdrawal symptoms (Throwing up, vertigo, hot flashes, quivering). Everyone's body is different, so for some people it may be of help. Just be honest with your doctor about if you feel any adverse reaction and make sure you get on the medicine gradually. My psychiatrist put me on a high dose too rapidly. Good luck, guys!"

Qte345 (taken for less than 1 month) December 15, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Always thought I had"misophonia" (hatred of noises) but never realized it was OCD until I went to my free university psychiatrist. He said lexapro or a drug (fluvox) more specified for OCD, I went with fluvox because I do not so much suffer from general anxiety, rather bursts of obsessive and compulsive thoughts, mostly due to noises. Anyway, fluvox is all I've had.. and I can't imagine changing! I went from 50mg to 100mg (sounds like a lot but fluvox in its nature is just a high mg mixed with the buffers 100mg is not a really high dosage)& I can now watch lecture with out ear plugs, when it used to be 100% of the time, Slight weight gain might be my fault. I steal hear small things, but I can more often forget about them!"

   
9.0

Beckyyyyyy December 13, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Been on Lexapro and almost all other SSRI and then fluvoxamine (faverin) It was good while it worked, but only for managing anxiety, it never stopped my compulsive thoghting, after 4 years I began to experience severe eye pain and pressure, I've contaced an ophthalmologist and he gave me eye drops, I don't know if the med was the problem, but I read online that it can cause this to some people. I'm now on 25 mg on my path to gradually stopping it."

   
1.0

SalvationSeeker (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 4, 2016

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