Luvox is a prescription medication for treating several mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, and depression. The stigma of experiencing any of these or other psychiatric conditions is not like it once was. People are more educated and understanding so you don’t have to shut yourself away and deal with the symptoms alone.
There is no cure for these mental disorders, but there is treatment. Talk to your doctor about trying Luvox or generic Fluvoxamine and with a good therapist to help you understand your condition, get back to enjoying time with family, friends, and co-workers. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Luvox is called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Serotonin is one of many brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) you have and it is important for regulating moods, sleep, learning, and the constriction of blood vessels. Nerves in your brain use neurotransmitters to communicate with each other which are then reabsorbed, this is called the reuptake. Depression, OCD, and anxiety problems are believed to be a result of an imbalance in your brain chemicals. To correct this, Luvox inhibits the reuptake so there is more serotonin available in your brain to help improve your moods.
The symptoms of OCD are produced by being overwhelmed with distressing thoughts or fears and images that you cannot control, leading to your need to perform compulsive rituals as a way to stop the obsessive thoughts. These rituals can involve repeatedly washing your hands, checking and rechecking that the stove is off or doors are locked, constantly counting aloud or mentally, arranging or eating food in a particular order. The relief you feel after carrying out your ritual is short-lived as the fear and anxiety return quickly.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding before starting Luvox as it may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Other medical conditions and allergies should be discussed with your doctor and provide a list of any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take, including alternative medicine and naturopathic therapies. This will help your doctor determine if Luvox is the right drug for you.
Children, teens, and young adults should be monitored closely by family or caregivers to watch for signs of wanting to hurt themselves or worsening depression. Until you know how your body will react to Luvox, do not attempt to drive or participate in any activity that could be considered unsafe if your thoughts are not clear. Keep Luvox and other meds out of children’s reach and never share them with anyone else.