Luvox® (generic name: fluvoxamine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
A Powerful Drug
Luvox® and Fluvoxamine CR (controlled release) are used to treat:
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Social anxiety disorder
They are also prescribed for:
- Major depressive disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Luvox®/fluvoxamine really hit the news cycle in 1999, after the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado. It was revealed that one of the two teenagers who killed and injured many classmates and staff, and then committed suicide (Eric Harris) was on a fluvoxamine regimen. Solvay Pharmaceuticals pulled Luvox off of the U.S. market in 2002.
Luvox® and Birth Defects
Like all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, Luvox® has a very powerful effect on the brain, and a very broad range of possible side effects, including many congenital (present at birth) defects. These include:
- Pulmonary (breathing) defects
- Cardiac (heart and circulation) defects
- Malformations of the abdominal wall, skull, and/or limbs
It’s heartbreaking to have a baby born with serious problems, and it’s even worse to think that the problems may be due to a drug that you were being treated with during pregnancy. If you were prescribed Luvox® before or during your pregnancy and your child was born with or developed any serious health problems, including autism, which is now believed to be linked to SSRI antidepressant use in pregnant women, you can talk about your concerns and your options with a knowledgeable lawyer.
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