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User Reviews for Fluvoxamine

Also known as: Luvox, Luvox CR

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Dysthymia 1 reviews 3 medications
   
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Social Anxiety Disorder 1 reviews 6 medications
   
9.0
Anorexia/Feeding Problems 2 reviews 0 medications
   
8.5
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 60 reviews 13 medications
   
8.3
Depression 14 reviews 78 medications
   
7.2
Anxiety and Stress 29 reviews 9 medications
   
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 6 reviews 5 medications
   
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Summary of Fluvoxamine reviews 113 reviews 7.6

Reviews for Fluvoxamine

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For Depression: "Used to be somewhat effective (hence it even getting a 3) but now is about as effective as placebo at best. The only things keeping me stable right now are Seroquel XR, Wellbutrin XL, and a lot of caffeine. I'm still trying to even get an appointment scheduled with my psychiatrist so I can get off of this useless drug and on to something that might actually work, and it's probably not going to be an SSRI, since I've taken several of them before and none of them have worked except Paxil, but that gave me too many side effects."

   
3.0

Xelleld (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 25, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Been on it for a month for OCD and Health Anxiety. My contamination fears have diminished but some other fears exascerbated. I feel trippy and have lucid dreams. For the first 3 weeks I was exhausted and had no drive or care to get out of bed. That is getting better now. Going to ride it out and see if things get better."

   
6.0

LERAS July 20, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I just began this med and it's 3:00Am Mind you, I took my first pill at 2:00 pm the previous day. personally, I do not like it! I can not sleep, my mouth is dry, and very restless. My anxiety and compulsive ( over thinking things ) thoughts are overwhelming. I'm going to rate this medication poor with my experience. It's not my cup of tea."

MIgirl78 July 19, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "My doctor put me on this medication because she was unwilling to give me Xanax or any medication in its category for my anxiety. 5 days ago I started taking this medication 50 mg at night. Second day I noticed a numb feeling in my mouth and trouble falling asleep. 3rd day I noticed an unwillingness to get off my recliner. I didn't want to do anything. By the 4th day I was having cold sweats and throwing up ! So sick to my stomach which made me more depressed. No thanks! I threw it in the garbage and called the pharmacy to refill my lexapro."

   
1.0

acronimji July 18, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I started taking this drug over 15 years ago whenever I had unwanted mind chatter going on. It wasn't like I heard voices in my head like crazy people, just my thoughts going crazy almost allowed to keep me awake. If someone said hey I like that color blue on you, I would think it's because I look fat in other colors really bad another color and then I would start obsessing about that. It really was a prison that I was in and obsessing on things that were small and absolutely had nothing to do with my life. Luvox 100% almost as if it took away every single one of those problems that I had and no longer have any sort of Mind chatter or even think much about if someone gives me a compliment other than hey thanks."

   
10

DanniiCatera July 7, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "This drug i would HIGHLY recommend if you are struggling with OCD/aniexty/ intrusive thoughts. I have been put many other SSRIS for my OCD and none worked till my doc prescribed me fluvoxamine. IT works specifically for OCD so its effective in most people. It has saved my life. now i can get out of the house and not be plagued by my intrusive thoughts. the only down side for me is decrease libo, weight loss (not having an appetite most of the day), and sleep problems (the sleep problems stopped in a week or so). but hey, i would rather have those side effects than OCD. I think this drug is good to get your mind back on track from ocd. not sure if theres a time in the future when it would stop working or not but so far its been amazing"

   
8.0

pink carrot (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 2, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I've been on fluvoxamine for three weeks now. I started at 25 mg and have tapered up to 75 mg. Already, my obsessive, intrusive thoughts have eased. However, I feel like I'm on a boat...unsteady and slightly dizzy. I'm also waking up several hours early every morning, and I can't fall back to sleep. Finally, though my obsessive thoughts have improved, my day-to-day anxiety may be worse. I'm not sure whether I should continue this med or not. I think the only reason I'm getting any sleep at all is because of the 200-300 mg of Seroquel I take each night. I also take risperidone and lithium...maybe the combo is what's causing the problems. Right now, I'm seriously considering stopping the med."

   
7.0

Sue20162 July 1, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "This drug saved my life. Really helps control the obsessive thoughts. I have been taking it 5 years. Only side effect is increased sweating, but it's no big deal."

   
9.0

Mandy lynn June 29, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "To be clear, I am on luvox for its entire spectrum of effect-- OCD, anxiety and stress, and major depressive disorder. I have been on almost every single drug on the market, and Luvox is consistently the only one that has ever worked. The luvox/latuda (atypical antipsychotic) combination worked wonders for me in the past, and though I am only on luvox now, it has definitely helped with curbing recurrent, insistent thoughts of hopelessness and despair. It has blunted my anxiety, and after years of depression, I am starting to feel a little better. Just tired as all get out, though!"

   
8.0

O B (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 26, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "It's been helping me a lot for my awful pure OCD, intrusive thoughts. I'd rate it a 6 out of 10. However, I 've just recently increased the dose from 150mg to 200mg so I might feel even better. Bad side effects: low libido, nausea and drowsiness. Hope they will eventually subside as im taking it for less than two months (nausea is already subsiding )"

   
6.0

lucicka (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 25, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I have been taking generic brand of Luvox just over 14 years now. It seemed to work for the first few years but it would only reduce the intrusive thoughts and anxiety where you could manage throughout the day. I just switched to Luvox brand name a couple of days ago. I just got my life back. I practically feel cured. I am more mentally focused, my concentration is much better, and most importantly my intrusive unwanted thoughts area pretty much gone. I feel like I can carry the world on my shoulders. Luvox brand name has changed my life forever. I hope it continues to do so for the years to come. I thank God for giving me the idea to try and switch from generic to brand !!!!!!!!"

   
10

Joeyc May 21, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "This medication has been so helpful for my anxiety, OCD, and sleep. It worked really quickly too--within a few days. I never knew I could feel this relaxed. I have suffered from terrible anxiety since childhood and depression. Other antidepressants help my depression but do nothing for my OCD. This medication is quite sedating, so take it at bedtime. I haven't needed sleep meds since I started this medication either. I have a high stress job and have found I can leave work at work. I haven't been stressing on the little things. I highly recommend this for OCD."

   
9.0

AAJM May 7, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "This medication works fine it just makes me really drowsy and I yawn so much,it also makes me go to the restroom more. Other than that it works fine"

   
8.0

Brygitte May 5, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I had a really violent reaction to this medication the first time I took it. Projectile vomit. It was so awful that I'm not willing to take it again."

   
1.0

Jujubeee April 27, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "This medication has helped me for years and works excellent. I wouldn't trust anything else!"

   
10

Hannah M. April 22, 2016

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For Depression: "Sleepy but helpful"

   
10

NDT1973 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 12, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Started on LUVOX (brand name) in '96. LUVOX (brand name) is not made anymore. Switched to generic flumoxomine (Apotex brand in 2000. ) Worked great. Stopped working COLD as of late 2013. Wrote FDA, Solvay tested my prescription, said nothing wrong. All the other generic fluvoxamines (5) I've tried are worthless. Apotex must have changed its composition of the drug ie. filling, binder ingrediants. Filed reports with FDA & Solvay (parent of Apotex) Solvay wrote back, "Nothing is wrong." Drug is totally ineffective on me now, as are all the other fluvoxomine generics I've tried. Only side effect was a bit of drowsiness. Have had to abandon taking this drug, and am in the midst of trying other drugs."

   
1.0

2ndchair (taken for 10 years or more) April 9, 2016

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For Depression: "This medicine helped somewhat, however, the side effects have become intolerable. I'm itching my head, ears and neck constantly from an itch that never stops, I'm agitated and anxious and have weird tingling, prickly sensations. Think I'll go back on Prozac though Prozac left me confused and disoriented. Have been through the slew of SSRIs and wish scientists would come up with another category of drugs soon."

   
5.0

Athenaos February 20, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I was prescribed Zoloft for anxiety and panic attacks and soon my OCD was out of control. I was switched to Luvox and have improved greatly. However, I'm always tired and yet still can't sleep. I've heard that some side effects can improve over time - hoping this happens for me."

   
7.0

Luvncoopy (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 27, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "It's been about a month. And I really see a change. I use to be an emotional girl with obsessive thoughts that ran my mind all day long. Now.. I go to work, I work (usually would think about my worries at work while being stressed at work as it already is). I handle complex situations with more confidence and less anxiety. I'm on 100 mg, can't wait to try 150, think that will be perfect. No major side effects at all. Really believe this helps give me that push at living my life in the now and helps stop the ruminating. I've tried other stuff and nothing compares. With Luvox... I stress less, cry less, and focus more on what's important. Can't wait to continue and see more improvement ...."

   
9.0

AwdrEnuh (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 19, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I've been on Luvox for 6 months now on 200 mg/day. I switched from Prozac because of libido problems, but it actually didn't make any difference. I completely lost interest in sex and got weight really fast. My OCD is controlled, but I feel depressed, sleeping a lot during day and nothing during night haha it's horrible... Also I compulsively scratch my head until it bleeds (tricotilomania?) and Prozac had helped me stop it. Now on Luvox, the problem is back. I'm switching back to Prozac or giving a try to Zoloft."

   
5.0

Heyheymama January 7, 2016

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Luvox (fluvoxamine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Luvox was the second medication I tried for OCD. I was only on the lowest dose of this medication for 4 days, because the side effects were unbearable. About 4 hours after taking this medication, I became incredibly sedated and out of it. The drowsiness was so pronounced that I did not wish to continue this med. Since I had no where near reached the therapeutic dose of this medication, I hope that my rating doesn't discourage one from trying it. All SSRI's are notorious for having some inital side effects before you see their benefit; I just couldn't make it to that stage."

   
2.0

juliagulia65 (taken for less than 1 month) January 5, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Glucosamine has been very effective for me. Prior to taking it, I was extremely anxious and afraid of everything. Since starting over 2 years ago, I am now fully functioning and living a normal life. I am so appreciative of the benefits of fluvoxamine"

   
9.0

Anonymous December 23, 2015

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For Depression: "No terrible side effects other than extremely reduced libido and some nausea/weakness."

   
7.0

Jayjayjetplane (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 22, 2015

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I have been on 300mg of Fluvoxamine for quite a few months now. It was really hard to initially start the medication and increase the dosing. But I stuck with it. After awhile, I noticed the drug "took the edge off" of my anxiety. I was getting less panic attacks and was able to starting doing things I was avoiding. My only issues with this drug are that 1) it's very sedating 2) I still have anxiety - some days are better than others but I'm looking for complete relief. I know it's possible because I've been on medication that did just that. Any suggestions? I take 150mg in morning and then again at night."

   
5.0

SarKC December 4, 2015

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