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What Is Fluvoxamine CR Used For?

Fluvoxamine CR is used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. It works to improve symptoms of this condition by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Healthcare providers will also sometimes recommend off-label fluvoxamine CR uses, such as for the treatment of panic disorder, eating disorders, and alcoholism.

An Overview of Fluvoxamine CR Uses

Fluvoxamine CR (Luvox® CR) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Previously, fluvoxamine CR was approved for treating social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia). However, the manufacturer requested that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remove this approval, presumably because they did not want to do the necessary studies required for it.

Using Fluvoxamine CR for OCD

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions) that they feel they cannot control. Rituals such as handwashing, counting, checking something, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them greatly increases anxiety. The exact cause or causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder are not fully known at this time.
Fluvoxamine CR is approved for OCD treatment in adults. Although medications such as this are effective for treating the symptoms of OCD, behavior therapy is often used along with medications. Ask your healthcare provider about behavior therapy for OCD.
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