Luvox Side Effects

Although most people tolerate Luvox well, there are some potential side effects of the medication, such as nausea, headaches, and drowsiness. In many cases, side effects of Luvox are minor and can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. However, there are a number of side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider, including a fast heart rate, suicidal thoughts, and hallucinations.

Luvox Side Effects: An Introduction

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

Common Side Effects of Luvox

Luvox 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 of people 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 Luvox 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 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 (occurring in 2 percent to 5 percent of people) included:
  • 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, 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.
These side effects were reported in adults taking Luvox. Children and teens usually have similar side effects. In addition, they may experience painful menstrual cramps, mood swings, and weight loss.
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