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I need to know what is the alternative to anafranil/luvox for ocd/anxiety?

I need to know what is the alternative to anafranil/luvox for ocd/anxiety?

Multiple: Multiple other ssri's such as Celexa and zoloft (sertraline) can also be used in ocd. These can be augmented with antipsychotics and benzodiazepines as well. http://tinyurl.com/ozsdsbz some who do not respond to these may respond to augmentation with low-dose ondansetron. http://tinyurl.com/nnj59r2 cognitive behavioral therapy is an important part of treatment too. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) effective for anxiety?

Is luvox (fluvoxamine) effective for anxiety?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) and anxiety: Luvox is an ssri antidepressant and is in the same classification as prozax, zoloft, Celexa and lexapro (escitalopram). It's niche, so to speak, is to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder. As with most ssri's, its seretonin effects seems to diminish symptoms of anxiety. Simply put, yes Luvox helps reduce anxiety. ...Read more

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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) effeictive for chronic anxiety?

Luvox (fluvoxamine): Can work for some cases of depression, but is mostly indicated for obsessive compulsive disorder which is a type of chronic anxiety. ...Read more

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Can luvox (fluvoxamine) be used for chronic anxiety?

Can  luvox (fluvoxamine) be used for chronic anxiety?

Yes: Fluvoxamine (luvox), a ssri (enhances serotonin) used to treat OCD and social anxiety disorders, is also used off-label to treat depression, panic disorder, and ptsd. Because social anxiety disorder is often a chronic disorder, long-term use of fluvoxamine may be necessary. Note that in many most cases, people do better with a combination of therapy, life-style changes, and medication. ...Read more

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Can Luvox (fluvoxamine) increase prolactin levels as well as anxiety?

Luvox (fluvoxamine): The simple answer is yes - but by no means always. Two things to do: Please go online and learn all you can about Luvox (fluvoxamine) and Prolactin - won't be easy reading but is very important! The please go and see an Endocrinologist and a Neurologist. If you can, please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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Can 60 mg of cymbalta (duloxetine) "possibly" cause anxiety and is 30 sometimes effective/is a cymbalta (duloxetine) to luvox switch difficult for a dr.

Can 60 mg of cymbalta (duloxetine) "possibly" cause anxiety and is 30 sometimes effective/is a cymbalta (duloxetine) to luvox switch difficult for a dr.

Yes, yes, no: While it is possible that Cymbalta (duloxetine) in either dosage while usually an antidepression medication, can relieve symptoms of anxiety. A doctor can usually figure out a technique to switch from one medication to another. The important thing , however is that these are questions which you should be speaking with the doctor who is treating you. There are probably underlying psychological concerns ...Read more

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I am on luvox (fluvoxamine) since 01 at 250mg and have anxiety/pd, since mar my anxiety is at6-7 /10my gp ref to pdoc but the wait is 3 months? Should we try lexapr

I am on luvox (fluvoxamine) since 01 at 250mg and have anxiety/pd, since mar my anxiety is at6-7 /10my gp ref to pdoc but the wait is 3 months? Should we try lexapr

No: Clinical studies have not shown Lexapro to be effective in panic disorder., although it is effective in generalized anxiety disorder.Antidepressants that work in gad and pd include Paxil ( i prefer Pexeva brand) effexor (venlafaxine). Zoloft works well on panic generally but is inconsistent in its response to gad.Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does luvox (fluvoxamine) cr help with social anxiety? Or just OCD symptoms.

Does luvox (fluvoxamine) cr help with social anxiety? Or just OCD symptoms.

LUVOX (fluvoxamine) CR: LUVOX CR = (fluvoxamine maleate) Extended Release Capsules. It is approved by the FDA for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. However, it has been used off-label by some to treat major depressive disorder, PTSD, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri that is a sigma agonist...And is that why it is better for anxiety..Explain sigma a sigma agonist?

See Wikipedia : Drugs known to be ?–agonists include cocaine, morphine/diacetylmorphine, opipramol, pcp, fluvoxamine, methamphetamine, dextromethorphan, and the herbal antidepressant berberine. However the exact role of ?–receptors is difficult to establish as many ?–agonists also bind to other targets such as the ?-opioid receptor and the nmda receptor.Recently selective ?–receptor agonists were shown to produceantidepressant effects in mice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I need a med that helps for social anxiety.A med I can take daily that isnt a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend?I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)?Would that help?

I need a med that helps for social anxiety.A med I can take daily that isnt a benzo cuz im a recovering alcoholic. What med would u recommend?I was thinking luvox (fluvoxamine)?Would that help?

Serotonin reuptake : Most of the serotonin reuptake inhibitors are very helpful for anxiety as well. I have found Lexapro to be very effective. There is another medicine called Buspar (buspirone) that also works for anxiety and may be beneficial. Talk to your doctor about which one would be best for you. ...Read more

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Have Depression & Anxiety. Dr. has me taking Luvox 300mgs and Effexor (venlafaxine) 150 mgs. Is this safe?

Have Depression & Anxiety.  Dr. has me taking Luvox 300mgs and Effexor (venlafaxine) 150 mgs.  Is this safe?

Drug interaction: Drug interactions can occur between Luvox and Effexor (venlafaxine). See: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=2296-1524,1128-9754 There is potential for a serotinergic Syndrome - however that does not mean this will occur. Please discuss further with treating psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

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Taking 300mgs wellbutrin (bupropion) but suffering from my ocd. Can I go back on my Luvox to address the ocd and anxiety as it has worked well for me.

Taking 300mgs wellbutrin (bupropion) but suffering from my ocd.  Can I go back on my Luvox to address the ocd and anxiety as it has worked well for me.

Interaction: Best to discuss this with your prescribing physician. There is a potential for an interaction to occur with these 2 medications but that likelihood is lowered since you've had success with this combo in the past. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Would luvox be considered the best ssri for anxiety so as to use the least amount of benzos as possible..Does it interact with viitoryn and onglyza (saxagliptin)?

Would luvox be considered the best ssri for anxiety so as to use the least amount of benzos as possible..Does it interact with viitoryn and onglyza (saxagliptin)?

"Best"?: Fluvoxamine can help with anxiety, but it isn't the only good or reasonable choice. Other ssri's may be just as good -- there's no "best" for everyone. Your doctor picks based on your personal characteristics ; needs. Luvox may increase the blood levels and effects of your other meds (vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) ; onglyza), though -- increasing possibilities for side effects. Monitoring will be needed. ...Read more

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Is luvox great for OCD? Are the side effects worse than zoloft (sertraline) ? Im on zoloft (sertraline) now but ocd hasn't improved while anxiety has. Will luvox be better?

Luvox (fluvoxamine): If you can tolerate Luvox, (fluvoxamine) it might be better option for OCD. Review with your doctor. Also, for the OCD, talk to a Therapist about Cognitive Behavior Therapy to boost response to medications. ...Read more

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Hi I am suffering from anxiety and arythmia due to anxiety. Is luvox alone or celexa mix whit seroquel (quetiapine) better?

Hi I am suffering from anxiety and arythmia due to anxiety. Is luvox alone or celexa mix whit seroquel (quetiapine) better?

Add some therapy: To the medications you mention, a good addition might be some good psychotherapy. It has no side effects or dangerous interactions and can teach you ways to deal with life. Think about adding it to whatever drug you are prescribed or even as a first effort to help you decide what to do. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Fluvoxamine (Definition)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Luvox (Definition)

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