Side Effects of Fluvoxamine

Nausea, drowsiness, and headaches are a few common side effects of fluvoxamine. Most people tolerate the medication well; and when side effects do occur, they are often minor and may easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. If you experience more serious fluvoxamine side effects -- such as hallucinations, chest palpitations, or suicidal thoughts -- be sure to report them to your healthcare provider.

Side Effects of Fluvoxamine: An Introduction

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with fluvoxamine maleate (Luvox®). However, not everyone who takes fluvoxamine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. When fluvoxamine side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with fluvoxamine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of fluvoxamine side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Fluvoxamine

Fluvoxamine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
In these studies, some of the most common side effects of fluvoxamine included:
 
  • Nausea -- occurring in up to 40 of people
  • Headaches -- up to 22 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 22 percent
  • Insomnia -- up to 21 percent (see Luvox and Insomnia)
  • Weakness -- up to 14 percent
  • Dry mouth -- up to 14 percent (see Luvox and Dry Mouth)
  • Nervousness -- up to 12 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 11 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 11 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 10 percent
  • Indigestion -- up to 10 percent
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (similar to the common cold) -- up to 9 percent
  • Ejaculation problems -- up to 8 percent (see Luvox Sexual Side Effects)
  • Sweating -- up to 7 percent
  • A loss of appetite -- up to 6 percent.
     
Other common side effects of fluvoxamine (occurring in 2 percent to 5 percent of people) include:
 
  • Impotence (erectile dysfunction or ED), difficulty achieving an orgasm, or a decreased sex drive (see Luvox Sexual Side Effects)
  • Vomiting
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Gas
  • Flu-like symptoms (such as fatigue, a fever, and body aches)
  • Feelings of a forcefully or rapidly beating heart (palpitations)
  • Toothaches and other tooth problems
  • Flushing (redness of the skin, especially in the face)
  • Taste changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Chills
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Muscle tension
  • Depression
  • Trouble breathing
  • Yawning
  • Bladder problems.
     
The above side effects were reported in adults taking fluvoxamine. Children and teens usually have similar side effects. Additionally, they may also experience painful menstrual cramps, mood swings, and weight loss.
 
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