Physicians working with patients suffering from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) typically prescribe Luvox (fluvoxamine), an SSRI antidepressant. An SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) works by allowing a higher level of serotonin in the brain – thus reducing anxiety and affecting the user’s mood in a positive manner. Due to this effect on mood management, Luvox is also frequently prescribed by medical personnel for off-label conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder and eating disorders.

Luvox is not considered to be a physically addictive drug, though a psychological dependency may happen, in particular with individuals who have shown signs of being predisposed to addictive behaviors. Risk factors for addiction to Luvox include: individuals coming from a background of abuse, codependent behavior, or an attitude of nonchalance regarding the recommended use and dosing for this drug. As the user’s mood becomes better, it may seem to them like it has plateaued. This may lead to increases in frequency or number of doses – which can lead to dependency and addiction.

Any medication that affects neurotransmitters in the brain can cause dependency issues. If you or someone you know may have a problem with abusing Luvox, find help by contacting us today.