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Luvox & Weight Loss

By Anna Aronson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Luvox, also known by the generic name fluvoxamine, is a prescription medication used primarily to treat certain types of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and works by affecting certain brain chemicals, reports. Although it's an unintended side effect of the medicine, some people do experience weight loss while taking Luvox. While no cause for concern, you should report it to your doctor if it continues.

Side Effects

Weight loss is one of many potential side effects you may notice when you begin talking Luvox. You may also experience loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, indigestion, gas, changes in taste, a dry mouth, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, memory problems, mental confusion, weakness, unsteadiness, nervousness and changes in your sex drive or sexual performance, MedlinePlus reports. Although many of these side effects can be bothersome, they do not indicate a problem. However, you should tell your doctor if they become severe or do not subside over time.

Serious Side Effects

In rare cases, you may experience side effects from Luvox that indicate a potential problem requiring medical treatment. In these cases, you need to stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor immediately, MedlinePlus advises. Side effects that indicate a potential problem include chest pain; a fast or irregular heartbeat; fevers; sweating; severe stiffness in the muscles; coordination problems; hallucinations; dizziness; seizures; red, black, or tarry stools; vomiting blood of a substance similar to coffee grounds; dizziness; uncontrollable shaking; pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet; difficult or slowed breathing; unusual bruising or bleeding; or a bloody nose.

Safety Warning

In some people, Luvox can cause agitation, irritability or abnormal behaviors. Also, the medication should only be used with extreme caution in children and adolescents. In these younger populations, Luvox is more likely to cause suicidal thoughts or tendencies or a worsening of depression, Mayo Clinic reports. It can also cause difficulty sleeping, erratic behavior and increases in energy level. Ir your child takes Luvox to treat depression, make sure to watch for behavior changes and report anything unusual to your child's doctor immediately.

How to Use Luvox

You should only take Luvox if it has been prescribed for you, and you should take it exactly as directed. Luvox comes in either extended-release capsules or regular tablets, so make sure you know what type you have. If your prescription is for extended-release Luvox, you should swallow the pills whole, without crushing or chewing them, reports. Remember that it can take several weeks to feel the full effects of Luvox, so you should continue taking it without stopping. If you have any questions about how to use Luvox properly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you start using it.

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