Available by prescription only, fluvoxamine maleate (Luvox®) is a medication used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is approved for use in adults, teens, and children, and is sold in three different strengths. Fluvoxamine works to treat the symptoms of OCD by allowing a certain chemical (serotonin) to stay in the brain for a longer period of time.
The medication comes in tablet form and is generally taken once or twice a day. In clinical studies, some of the most commonly reported side effects included drowsiness, headaches, and nausea.
(For more details on this drug, including important safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider, click Fluvoxamine.)