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Fluvoxamine Maleate

General Information

Fluvoxamine Maleate is used for the treatment of the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It involves unwanted and disturbing thoughts or images. It is also an obsession that intrudes into a child or teen’s mind. It causes a great deal of discomfort or anxiety.

This medication helps decrease persistent and unwanted thoughts and urges repeated tasks. It may be hand-washing, checking, or counting that may interfere with daily living.

How does Fluvoxamine Maleate work?

Fluvoxamine Maleate is believed to be related to its ability to selectively inhibit pre-synaptic reuptake of serotonin. It increases the serotonin concentrations within the synaptic cleft. It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance in the brain. The natural substance is called serotonin. a

Why use Fluvoxamine Maleate?

Fluvoxamine Maleate is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It belongs to the class of medications called anti-depressants. This is supplied as tablets for oral use. Each tablet has the strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Fluvoxamine Maleate?

Fluvoxamine Maleate is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food usually once or twice a day. If you are using it once daily, take it at bedtime. If you are using it twice a day, take it in the morning and at bedtime.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. It is important to take it exactly as it is prescribed. Take the tablet at the same time each day. Do not take more often or longer than the prescription. It may take up to several weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication.

What are the side-effects of Fluvoxamine Maleate?

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Yawning
  • Weakness
  • Skin rash
  • Increased sweating
  • Muscle pain
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Insomnia

Warnings and Precautions

  • Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications. Tell also if you have any allergies. This drug may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Call for medical help right away if there are signs of an allergic reaction or overdose.
  • This may not be recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of this drug before using.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place.