Side effects of fluvoxamine

Side effects of SSRIs as a group are shown below. The response to antidepressants is quite individual, so you may not get any of these side effects, or only one or two. Some side effects are temporary, and will go away a few weeks after you started taking fluvoxamine. If you find any side effects troublesome, talk to your doctor about how to manage them, or about switching to another medicine.

Remember that the risk of side effects with any medicine needs to be weighed against its benefit in treating your condition. Your doctor can help you weigh up your treatment options. See also Is this medicine right for me?

Frequency of side effects with fluvoxamine

Common (1% of people or more)Infrequent (between 0.1% and 1% of people)Rare (fewer than 0.1% of people)
  • Nausea
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia (sleep problems)
  • Drowsiness
  • Tremor (shaking)
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Runny nose
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Rash
  • Unusual movements, including trembling of the hands and fingers, twisting movements of the body, shuffling walk, limb stiffness
  • Sedation
  • Confusion
  • Feeling your heart racing or thumping (palpitations)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Bleeding problems (eg, bruising, nose bleeds, gastrointestinal or vaginal bleeding)
  • Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). This causes low blood sodium, which can have serious consequences (seizures, coma or death in severe cases)
  • Abnormal increase in liver function tests
  • Galactorrhoea (milk production from the breast)
  • Imbalance in amounts of different types of blood cells
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Restlessness
  • Paraesthesia (reduced sense of touch)
  • Taste disturbance
  • Liver failure
  • Acute closed angle glaucoma
This is not a complete list of fluvoxamine’s side effects. See the consumer medicine information (CMI) for more information.

Fluvoxamine and driving or operating machinery

Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.

Who can I ask about side effects?

If you’re concerned that you or someone in your care is having side effects related to a medicine, seek medical advice.

Call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and minerals) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia.

To report and discuss possible side effects, call the Adverse Medicines Events (AME) line on 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm).

Find out more about

If you are starting fluvoxamine, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.

You can also read more about depression and the options for treating it.

For more information

The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of fluvoxamine is available from our website or a pharmacist. If you have any concerns about side effects, talk to your health professional. The CMI includes:

  • How to take this medicine
  • What to do if you forget to take it
  • If you take too much (overdose)
  • Things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
  • Signs of severe reactions and what to do.
Reference
  • Australian Medicines Handbook 2015. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd; 2015 January. [Online].