SSRI Litigation

Luvox: Food and Alcohol Interactions

Luvox® (fluvoxamine) is an antidepressant medication used to treat conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety. While it has been shown to have numerous drug interactions,1 the medical community has also reported side effects and interactions between Luvox and certain foods and alcohol.

Interactions with food, alcohol and other substances

Luvox, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) like Paxil®, Zoloft® and Prozac®, has a number of general side effects, but doctors caution their patients to monitor their diets while taking the drug. Use of the antidepressant with some foods and alcohol can cause adverse reactions.

Some of the substances that Luvox may have adverse interactions with include:

  • Caffeine2
  • Alcohol3
  • Grapefruit and grapefruit juice4
  • Ginkgo biloba5
  • St. John’s wort6

The combined use of Luvox and St. John's wort or ginkgo bilboa could lead to serotonin syndrome, which is potentially fatal.

Although many medicines should be taken with food, Luvox can be taken with or without food, but consumers should be aware that food choices could impact the overall effectiveness of the drug.

Side effects from Luvox interactions

Luvox may slow down the body’s elimination of caffeine.6 As a result, caffeine may stay in the blood longer.

Other Luvox food and alcohol interaction side effects include7:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Hypertension
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia

Alcohol and use of Luvox

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that patients avoid alcohol consumption when taking certain medications, especially antidepressants, because alcohol can decrease the effectiveness of many drugs and intensify side effects. 8 Drinking alcohol while taking any type of antidepressant can result in a number of adverse reactions, including dizziness, drowsiness, confusion and impaired judgment.9

Those addicted to alcohol often drink when suffering from anxiety or depression. Withdrawal from alcohol may also intensify depression and other mood disorders. In some therapeutic environments, Luvox has been used to treat the symptoms of recovery from alcohol addiction and has been found, in some cases, to be effective.10

If you or a loved one has experienced adverse side effects from Luvox interactions, you may be eligible to file a claim. Contact a qualified products liability or personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights and whether you may be entitled to legal compensation.

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