Does Luvox cause dizziness? (+3 tips)
In this article, we will discuss dizziness associated with Luvox (Fluvoxamine). We will also discuss some research studies and what one should do if this side effect occurs.
Does Luvox cause dizziness?
Yes, Luvox can cause dizziness. It is one of the most commonly reported early side effects of this medication and other antidepressants.
Some people may experience mild dizziness or lightheadedness when they first start taking the medication, which is considered normal and is not something to be worried about.
Luvox, a brand for Fluvoxamine, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression and anxiety. It is associated with common and uncommon side effects including dizziness (1).
The Luvox-induced dizziness is expected to go away within a few weeks of your treatment as your body adjusts to the medication, but it may not go away in some people. Some may feel dizzy when they lie down or stand too quickly.
Every individual is different and responds differently to medications. If Luvox-induced dizziness is affecting your health, reach out to your healthcare provider.
What does research suggest?
Dizziness is a known side effect of Luvox. However. it is generally not a health concern and starts to get better with time.
One study indicated that patients taking Luvox showed minimum side effects such as vomiting, nausea, and dizziness during the early course of their treatment even in higher doses (2).
Another study showed that the abrupt discontinuation of Luvox resulted in withdrawal symptoms including severe dizziness (3).
Why does Luvox cause dizziness?
The exact mechanism of Luvox-induced dizziness is not clear. One possible mechanism is related to the working of Luvox. Luvox, being an SSRI, affects serotonin levels in the brain (4).
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which plays an important role in mood and balance. This chemical is closely related to depression and other affective disorders. Luvox increases the level of serotonin in the brain and this sometimes leads to dizziness.
However, not everyone experiences dizziness while taking Luvox as everyone has a different genetic makeup and their responses to medications also vary.
Always keep the lines of communication open with your health provider to ensure your medication is working well for you and any side effects including dizziness are properly addressed.
What to do if Luvox-induced dizziness persists?
If Luvox-induced dizziness becomes bothersome, you should take the following steps:
Talk to your healthcare provider
If dizziness persists while taking Luvox, it is important to contact your healthcare provider for appropriate help. They can suggest solutions to manage this side effect.
Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Meclizine to treat dizziness (5). However, always check with your doctor before taking any new medication, including OTC, to ensure they won’t negatively interact with Luvox.
Your healthcare provider may consider reducing the dose of Luvox to see if it works for you. Sometimes dose reduction might reduce the side effects including dizziness.
If dose adjustment does not work, your doctor may gradually discontinue your medication or switch to another antidepressant with fewer side effects.
Always remember, do not discontinue antidepressants on your own as it may lead to horrible withdrawal symptoms.
If you are experiencing dizziness while taking Luvox, be cautious when engaging in activities that require full mental attention like driving or operating heavy machinery to avoid accidents.
If you are susceptible to dizziness due to Luvox, it is advisable to avoid abrupt changes in posture or sudden movements, especially by older adults, as these actions may lead to unexpected falls or fainting episodes.
Eat balanced diet
Eat a balanced diet rich in minerals and proteins to ensure your body receives essential nutrients. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and adequate fluids helps regulate blood pressure and sugar levels, reducing the likelihood of dizziness.
Keep yourself adequately hydrated to reduce the likelihood of dizziness. Hydration lowers your blood pressure because of reduced blood volume. Drinking water can also help you feel better faster.
In my experience and the information available, Luvox can cause dizziness as a potential side effect but its occurrence varies among individuals. I suggest that if you are experiencing dizziness while taking Luvox, reach out to your healthcare provider for personalized guidance and appropriate treatment.
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