Main information about Luvox
Luvox is an antidepressant from the group of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and contains Fluvoxamine.
This ingredient has similar pharmacological characteristics with Fluoxetine but a therapeutic effect occurs faster.
Luvox has an evident antidepressive and moderate anti–anxiety effect. The mechanism of the action consists in the change of serotonin metabolism.
Luvox blocks the reuptake of this neurotransmitter in the cells of the brain, so that its concentration is increased, and the action grows to the cells of the central nervous system.
A product provides a slight influence on the processes of the reuptake of noradrenaline and dopamine, and therefore it does not cause an intense agitating or stimulating action.
Luvox acts softly, and the side effects are not peculiar to it as cholinolytic drugs do.
Luvox is one of the most optimal antidepressants because it is well tolerate, causes an appearance of the antidepressive action in 7 days without inhibiting the functions of the central nervous system.
Luvox may be used for:
- Depression of different genesis
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- affective disorders, with persistent worsening of mood and psychomotor impairment.
Administration and dose of Luvox
A recommended inducing dose is 50 mg once per day for adults to treat the depressive disorders. The drug is usually used at bedtime.
A dose is gradually increased up to the needed therapeutic effect. An evident improvement of the depression symptoms occurs during the use of Luvox 100 mg per day.
If severe forms of the depressive disorder with intense anxiety, it is allowed to increase a daily dose of Luvox up to 300 mg (the maximal daily dose).
If the daily dose of Luvox exceeds 150 mg, it is may be divided into 2-3 times. The pills are used entirely between meals and taken with a full glass of water.
To prevent a seasonal or chronic depression, patients are recommended to take a pill of Luvox 100 mg per day.
Recommendations for the use
- after disappearance of the depression symptoms, the treatment is continued in the minimal daily dose of 50 mg for at least 5-6 months. This helps to avoid a relapse and a recovery of the depression
- in case of the prolonged use of Luvox, a tolerance is not developed. Seldom cases of the appearance of the medical addiction have usually appeared due to the overdose or a prolonged use of Luvox within several years
- a cases of akathisia (a syndrome of motor excitement) have been recorded during the therapy with Luvox. Due to this, patients with such symptoms do not increase the dose, and the use of the drug is stopped
- Luvox is not prescribed during hepatic failure, intolerance of lactose, pregnancy, and children under 17 years old
As a rule, Luvox is well tolerated but the abuse many cause systemic side effects: heart palpitations, insomnia, headache, dry mouth, dyspepsia, and rash.
In case of the appearance of the side effects, patients are recommended to lower the daily dose. The dose adjustment will help to control health of a patient and avoid complications.