Fluvoxamine Maleate

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    Brand Name:Fluvoxamine Maleate
    Generic:Fluvoxamine Maleate
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2000-11-29 ,2000-12-28 ,2001-01-17 ,2001-01-25 ,2001-03-12 ,2001-05-07 ,2001-10-15 ,2002-09-10 ,2006-02-23 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Actavis Elizabeth LLC.
Barr Laboratories, Inc.
Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd.
Genpharm Inc.
Ivax Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Mylan Bertek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sandoz, Inc.
Synthon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Torpharm Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/anda/2000/75901_Fluvoxamine Maleate_Prntlbl.pdf
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About Fluvoxamine Maleate

Fluvoxamine is in a class of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Fluvoxamine is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Side Effects of Fluvoxamine Maleate

  • Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with triptan medicines.
  • Infant persistent pulmonary hypertension.
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions: Persons taking fluvoxamine may be more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do so, especially when fluvoxamine is first started or the dose is changed. People close to persons taking fluvoxamine can help by paying attention to changes in user’s moods or actions. Contact your healthcare professional right away if someone using fluvoxamine talks about or shows signs of killing him or herself. If you are taking fluvoxamine yourself and you start thinking about killing yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect right away.
  • Stopping fluvoxamine: Do not stop taking citalopram suddenly because you could get side effects. Your healthcare professional will slowly decrease your dose.
  • Bleeding problems: fluvoxamine may cause bleeding problems, especially if taken with aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen), or other drugs that affect bleeding.
  • Mania: You may become unusually hyperactive, excitable or elated.
  • Seizures: You may experience a seizure (convulsion), even if you are not taking fluvoxamine close in time with an MAOI.
  • Pregnancy: Tell your healthcare professional if you are or may be pregnant (see FDA Alert [06/2006] above). In addition to the issue described in the alert, babies delivered to mothers taking fluvoxamine late in pregnancy have developed problems, such as difficulty breathing and feeding.
  • Sexual problems: You may have problems with impotence (erectile dysfunction), abnormal ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, or decreased libido (sexual desire).
  • Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, shakiness, sweating, weakness, decreased appetite, and sleepiness.
  • Tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, especially liver or kidney disease. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed your baby.

Who Should Not Take Fluvoxamine Maleate

Never take fluvoxamine if you are taking another drug used to treat depression, called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Taking fluvoxamine close in time to an MAOI can result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions, including:

  • High body temperature
  • Coma
  • Seizures (convulsions)

MAOI drugs include Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), Marplan (isocarboxazid), and other brands.

Interactions with Fluvoxamine Maleate

  • Fluvoxamine may interact with medicines other than the ones already mentioned in this information sheet. These interactions can cause serious side effects. Of special concern are:
    • Certain benzodiazepines, which treat anxiety
    • Mexitil (mexiletine), which treats heart beat problems
    • Theophylline, which treats asthma
    • Warfarin, which treats blood clots

Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.

  • If you plan to drink alcohol, talk to your healthcare professional.
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