Information About Fluvoxamine, Sold As Luvox (US) or Faverin (UK)

Are you taking, or considering taking, Fluvoxamine for OCD or another mental health reason? This page provides information on the medication’s benefits, side effects, and other properties.

Type of Medication: SSRI

Fluvoxamine is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor; it is a member of a new chemical series which is unrelated to other SSRIs and Clomipramine. It is thought to have fewer effects on other neurotransmitter systems than some other SSRIs.

Variants include Luvox and Faverin.

Benefits of Fluvoxamine (Luvox) for OCD

While most SSRIs are prescribed mainly to treat depression, Fluvoxamine is prescribed primarily to help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.

SSRIs in general are also finding broader use in the treatment of anxiety (usually at lower doses), social phobia and social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic, pre-menstrual syndrome and agoraphobia.

Side Effects of Fluvoxamine (Luvox)

Please note that the following side effects include only some of the most common and somewhat less common but do not include rarer side effects; the list is not exhaustive. Many people taking Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin) experience none of these side effects. Please consult a physician about any unusual symptoms.


Some of the most common side effects of Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin), which the manufacturer lists as occurring with an incidence of at least 5% and twice as often as with placebo, include:

  • somnolence (drowsiness)
  • insomnia
  • nervousness
  • tremor
  • nausea
  • dyspepsia
  • anorexia
  • vomiting
  • abnormal ejaculation
  • asthenia (weakness)
  • sweating

Less Common

Some of the less common side effects of Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin) include:

  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • anxiety

Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin) and Alcohol

SSRIs may cause some drowsiness, and alcohol should be avoided except in moderation. Please consult a physician for advice about driving or operating heavy machinery while taking SSRIs.

Stopping Fluvoxamine (Luvox): Discontinuation Effects or Withdrawal Symptoms

It is best to consult a physician before discontinuing SSRIs. Stopping taking Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin) or other SSRIs suddenly may cause discontinuation effects, or withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • dizziness
  • vertigo/light-headedness
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • abdominal cramps
  • chills
  • increased dreaming
  • agitation
  • anxiety

Should You Buy Fluvoxamine (Luvox) Online?

Particularly in the United States, many individuals choose to purchase medications online, either for reasons of cost savings, privacy, or both. Both brand-name Luvox and so-called ‘generic Luvox’ (i.e., Fluvoxamine without the Luvox brand name) can sometimes be purchased at deep discounts (and sometimes without a prescription) in this way. Before undertaking any purchase of medications online, however — and certainly if you are contemplating doing so without a prior prescription — please consider the integrity of the supplier and the national and/or local laws which may apply where you live.

Information Sources and Disclaimer

The information provided here has been summarized in good faith purely for educational purposes. It is not intended in any way to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please do not take any action on the basis of information contained here without consulting a physician. Unless otherwise specified, information is intended to apply only to adult use of the medication. Drug interaction precautions have not been included; please consult another source for this information.

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