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Fluvoxamine and Alcohol Interaction

Fluvoxamine and Alcohol

Fluvoxamine is sold under the brand names Luvox and Luvox CR and belongs to the family of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and work by affecting chemicals in the brain that are unbalanced and cause a social anxiety disorder or an obsessive compulsive disorder.

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using the drug as side effects may be greatly increased.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Do not use this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are constipation, decreased sexual ability, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, gas, headache, increased sweating, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, stomach upset, stuffy nose, taste changes, trouble sleeping, vomiting and weakness. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions, rash, hives, itching, difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, unusual behaviour, black bloody stools, chest pain, confusion, lack of concentration, lack of coordination, exaggerated reflexes, fainting, irregular heartbeat, fever, hallucinations, memory loss, agitation, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, aggressive, impulsive, irritable, hostile, restless, painful menstruation, persistent painful erection, red swollen blistered peeling skin, seizures, severe headache, stiff muscles, stomach pain, suicide attempt or thoughts, tremor, bruising or bleeding, mental or mood changes, swelling, weakness or vision changes. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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