Generic Name: Fluvoxamine (floo-vox-a-meen)

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI


Drug Uses

This medicine is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Your doctor may use fluvoxamine to treat other conditions as well.

General Information

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

SSRI's work by restoring the balance of a brain neurotransmitter called serotonin by blocking its entry back into the nerve cells.

How to Take It

This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. It may up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in one to two weeks. Make sure that you know how the medicine affects you before driving or performing other hazardous tasks.

Possible Side Effects

    • Talk to your doctor if these side effects are bothersome or do not go away:
      • nausea
      • drowsiness
      • dizziness
      • nervousness
      • insomnia
      • headache
      • increased sweating
      • lightheadedness
      • sexual problems


    • Do NOT stop taking this medicine abruptly without talking to your doctor. Do not take more of this medicine unless instructed by your doctor.

    • It is recommended to avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.

    • Starting doses and maximum doses are lower for patients over the age of 60.

    • Be cautious when driving or performing other hazardous activities. This medicine can impair judgment.


    • Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

Drug Interactions

    • Talk to your doctor if you are taking certain antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin. This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors.

    • Let your doctor know if you are taking any vitamin supplements or herbal products. St. Johnís Wort should be avoided while taking fluvoxamine due to the increased side effects of too much serotonin.

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, check with your doctor to discuss the risks to the baby.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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