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Fluvoxamine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Apo-Fluvox    
  • Anwu    

Why do I need this medicine?

Fluvoxamine is used to treat depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (uncontrolled, repetitive, ritualised behaviors).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Fluvoxamine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instruction on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Fluvoxamine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the extended-release or immediate-release type of tablet (usually labeled as “XL”, “ER”, “IR”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

This medicine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

Do not double dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Fluvoxamine if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or within 14 days of stopping the MAOI. Do not take Fluvoxamine if you are currently taking alosetron, pimozide, thioridazine or tizanidine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you:

- have liver or kidney problems
- have high blood pressure, heart problems or history of stroke
- have or have had fits (seizures)
- have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes)
- have mood disorders such as bipolar disorder or mania
- have diabetes mellitus
- are receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are taking the extended-release type of Fluvoxamine, you may see tiny ball-shaped casings in your bowel movements. This is normal; do not be alarmed. These casings are just empty shells; the medicine inside them has already been absorbed by your body.

Always keep your appointments with your doctor so that he will be able to monitor your response to Fluvoxamine.

What lifestyle changes should I make to cope with depression?

Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help increase energy and hormones in the body such as serotonin, endorphins and other feel-good chemicals that minimize mood swings. Get enough sleep, as lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness, sadness, and tiredness.

What side effects could I experience?

Fluvoxamine may cause dizziness, weakness and blurred vision. This medicine may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, loss of appetite, stomach and muscle pain, indigestion, dry mouth, yawning, unusual sweating, and twitching. Some women may experience changes in their menstrual cycle while some men may experience sexual dysfunction. Discuss with your doctor if you are concerned about these side effects.

Some side effects may need medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being aggressive, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour).

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Fluvoxamine if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or within 14 days of stopping the MAOI. Do not take Fluvoxamine if you are currently taking alosetron, pimozide, thioridazine or tizanidine.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for migraine (triptans)
- medicines for fits (seizures) e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin
- medicines for mood, anxiety or thought disorders including tricyclic antidepressants, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI)
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- medicine for asthma e.g. theophylline
- medicine for pain e.g. tramadol
- medicine for high blood pressure e.g. propranolol
- medicine to treat Parkinson 's disease e.g. ropinirole

This list does not include all medicines that interact with Fluvoxamine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and certain soft drinks.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Fluvoxamine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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