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Luvox Side Effects

Generic Name: fluvoxamine

Note: This document contains side effect information about fluvoxamine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Luvox.

For the Consumer

Applies to fluvoxamine: oral capsule extended release, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, fluvoxamine (the active ingredient contained in Luvox) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluvoxamine:

Less common
  • Behavior, mood, or mental changes
  • trouble with breathing
  • trouble with urinating
  • twitching
  • Absence of or decrease in body movements
  • agitation
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • inability to move the eyes
  • increase in body movements
  • menstrual changes
  • nosebleeds
  • overactive reflexes
  • poor coordination
  • red or irritated eyes
  • redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of the skin
  • restlessness
  • shivering
  • skin rash
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • talking or acting with excitement you cannot control
  • trembling or shaking
  • unusual bruising
  • unusual, incomplete, or sudden body or facial movements
  • unusual secretion of milk (in females)
  • weakness

Some side effects of fluvoxamine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fluvoxamine: oral capsule extended release, oral tablet


The most commonly reported side effects included nausea, headache, insomnia, and somnolence.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Nausea (up to 40%), diarrhea (up to 18%), dry mouth (up to 14%), constipation (up to 10%), dyspepsia (up to 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain, abscess, caries, dysphagia, flatulence, gingivitis, toothache, tooth extraction, tooth disorder, vomiting
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Colitis, eructation, esophagitis, gastritis, gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gastrointestinal ulcer, glossitis, hemorrhoids, increased salivation, melena, rectal hemorrhage, stomatitis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Fecal incontinence, hematemesis, intestinal obstruction
Frequency not reported: Dental pain
Postmarketing reports: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, glossodynia, ileus, pancreatitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 35%), somnolence (up to 27%), asthenia (up to 26%), dizziness (up to 15%)
Common (1% to 10%): Amnesia, central nervous system (CNS) stimulation, hyperkinesia, hypokinesia, hypertonia, myoclonus, paresthesia, syncope, tremor
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Akathisia, ataxia, CNS depression, convulsion, dyskinesia, dystonia, extrapyramidal syndrome, hemiplegia, hypersomnia, hypotonia, incoordination, paralysis, parosmia, stupor, taste loss, unsteady gait, vertigo, visual field defect
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Akinesia, cerebrovascular accident, coma, decreased reflexes, fibrillations, slurred speech, tardive dyskinesia
Frequency not reported: Dysgeusia, electric shock sensation, neuroleptic malignant syndrome-like events, psychomotor restlessness, sensory disturbance, serotonin syndrome, taste perversion
Postmarketing reports: Dysarthria, gait disturbance, lethargy, loss of consciousness, neonatal somnolence, Parkinsonism[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Insomnia (up to 35%), nervousness (up to 12%), decreased male libido (up to 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal dreams, abnormal thinking, agitation, anorgasmia, anxiety, apathy, decreased female libido, decreased libido, depression, female anorgasmia, male anorgasmia, manic reaction, neuroses, psychotic reaction
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Aggression, agoraphobia, confusion/confusional state, delirium, delusion, depersonalization, emotional instability/lability, euphoria, hallucinations, hostility, hypochondriasis, hysteria, increased libido, paranoid reaction, phobia, psychosis, sleep disorder, suicidal tendency, suicide attempt
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Mania, mutism, obsessions, withdrawal syndrome
Frequency not reported: Hypomania, intense dreams, irritability, sleep disturbances, suicidal behavior, suicidal ideation
Postmarketing reports: Activation syndrome, anger, bruxism, homicidal ideation, impulsive behavior, self-injurious behavior[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Anorexia (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Decreased appetite, loss of appetite, weight gain, weight loss
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dehydration, hypercholesterolemia
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, hypoglycemia, hypokalemia, increased lactate dehydrogenase
Frequency not reported: Hyponatremia, increased appetite, porphyria, thirst[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Abnormal ejaculation (up to 11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal female sexual function, abnormal male sexual function, delayed ejaculation, impotence, menorrhagia, polyuria, urinary frequency, urinary retention, urinary tract infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anuria, delayed menstruation, dysuria, female lactation, hematospermia, hematuria, impaired urination, menopause, metrorrhagia, nocturia, premenstrual syndrome, vaginal hemorrhage, vaginitis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Galactorrhea
Frequency not reported: Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, enuresis, gynecological hemorrhage, hypomenorrhea, menstrual disorders, micturition disorder, pollakiuria, priapism, urinary incontinence[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Pain (up to 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Accidental injury, asthenia, chills, malaise
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Otitis media, overdose
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Sudden death
Frequency not reported: Body aches, ear pain, neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome, pain from surgery, unspecified pain
Postmarketing reports: Crying, fall, feeling drunk, feeling jittery, fatigue, pyrexia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, edema, feeling hot, feeling warm, flushing, hypertension, hypotension, palpitations, tachycardia, vasodilation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Angina pectoris, bradycardia, cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease, cold extremities, conduction delay, hypotension, irregular pulse, myocardial infarction, orthostatic hypotension, pallor, ST segment changes
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Atrioventricular (AV) block, embolus, pericarditis, phlebitis, supraventricular extrasystoles
Frequency not reported: Hemorrhage
Postmarketing reports: Cardiac arrest/fatal cardiac arrest, cardiorespiratory arrest, electrocardiogram QT prolonged, shock, Torsade de pointes, vasculitis, ventricular arrhythmia, ventricular tachycardia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Bronchitis, cough increased, dyspnea, epistaxis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory infection, yawn
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asthma, hoarseness, hyperventilation
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Apnea, hemoptysis, hiccups, laryngismus, obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, pulmonary infarction, upper airway congestion
Frequency not reported: Rhinitis
Postmarketing reports: Interstitial lung disease[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Acne, ecchymosis, hyperhidrosis, sweating
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Alopecia, angioneurotic edema, cutaneous hypersensitivity reactions, dry skin, eczema, exfoliative dermatitis, furunculosis, photosensitivity reaction, pruritus, rash, seborrhea, skin discoloration, urticaria
Postmarketing reports: Bullous eruption, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia, twitching
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arthralgia, arthritis, bursitis, generalized muscle spasm, myasthenia, neck pain, neck rigidity
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Myopathy, torticollis, trismus
Frequency not reported: Back pain, bone fractures, general pain secondary to injuries (sprains, fractures), leg cramps
Postmarketing reports: Muscular weakness, rhabdomyolysis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Amblyopia, blurred vision
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal accommodation, conjunctivitis, diplopia, dry eyes, eye pain, mydriasis, photophobia
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Corneal ulcer
Frequency not reported: Glaucoma, visual disturbance[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal liver function, elevated liver transaminases
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Biliary pain, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, jaundice
Postmarketing reports: Hepatitis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Flu syndrome, viral infection
Frequency not reported: Infection[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anemia, leukocytosis, lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Leukopenia, purpura
Postmarketing reports: Agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, decreased white blood cell count[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cystitis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Kidney calculus, oliguria
Postmarketing reports: Acute renal failure, renal impairment[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypothyroidism
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Goiter
Frequency not reported: Hyperprolactinemia, inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion/SIADH[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Allergic reaction
Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic reaction, angioedema[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. "Product Information. Luvox (fluvoxamine)." Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc, Marietta, GA.

Some side effects of Luvox may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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