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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    My son is 29 years old and suffers with TS and aspbergers and probably other mental disorders. He has been on resperidal for about 3 years, it no longer seems to have much effect except to increase his appetite dramaticaly. His tics are exttreme in the morning, with or without a pill, exercise usually can bring the down but not always.
    We would like to switch to another drug and have not tried Luvox (Fluvoxamine) yet has anybody out there tried it with good results?

    Thanks JIM

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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    Jim:

    Welcome to the TSFC forum.

    Is your son's Doctor considering Fluvoxamine for his TS?

    When was your son diagnosed with TS? You mentioned other possible conditions, are there other disorders being considered by his Doctor?

    Have you done a search on the net using the name Fluvoxamine?

    I took the time before responding and reviewed six links on the subject. I found by reviewing all of them the questions or concerns you have may be answered.

    Oddly enough each link only provides a part of the picture for the medication Fluvoxamine.

    With a better understanding of the medication and the questions you should ask the attending physician hopefully you can find the answers you need before making your decision.

    To find previous posts on this forum related to Fluvoxamine, you may do a search (above beside FAQ). Any related topics will surface for you to review.

    I hope you find your answers and please keep us posted on your progress. If you need any assistance navigating the forum please let us know.
    PJK

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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    JVK,

    Welcome to the TSFC Forum. We're glad you've joined us and we're pleased to help you through the maze of information on Tourette Syndrome.

    We would like to switch to another drug and have not tried Luvox (Fluvoxamine
    What has influenced your inerest in this medication? Has it been recommended by your son's physician or have you heard about Luvox from another source? What symptoms of your son's disorder is Luvox expected to treat?

    Luvox (fluvoxamine) belongs to the class of medications known as Selective Seretonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) which affect the neurotransmitter seretonin in the brain's chemistry.

    The indications, according to the Solvay Pharma Canadian product monograph are as an anti depressant and anti obsessional medication.

    Some SSRI's are approved for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder in addition to their original use as anti depressants.

    Information provided by Solvay Pharma Canada about Luvox and the disorders it treats can be found HERE

    If your son's physician finds this medication appropriate, be sure to fully investigate and understand the potential of Luvox for drug interactions.

    How is your son dealing with his Tourette and other disorders?

    Feel free to join in any other ongoing discussion on the Forum.

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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    I've been on Fluvoxamine for about 2 weeks now, but I'm not really taking it for TS as much as I am for obsessive-compulsive disorder. So far, the results have been positive. I am 22.

    I've heard some of the side effects of Luvox can be annoying. So far, I've had a bit of odd sleeping patterns (getting really tired in the afternoons, sleeping more and then not sleeping at night)... but I think those are levelling off now. Other side effects can include stomach upset, sexual side effects and even increased feelings of depression -- if any of these come up, it's a good idea to stop.

    Now, I've been taking it as an anti-obsessional. I was told that Luvox does help some people with tics (it supposedly can reduce them slightly)... but I think it's actually made my tics worse -- at least at first. They may be returning to normal now... it's too early to tell.
    Colin

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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    Thanks for the information. As far as consulting with his doctor, for the last few years he has been following our recomendations and has very little experience with any of these drugs. Alberta mental health has kind of dumped us as paitents since we took him out of one of thier facilities because we did not like what was happening. That was why I asked the group, I recall reading a note from somebody that had great sucsess with Luvox.

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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    Could your family Doctor refer you to someone within a hospital that specializes in multiple disorders including TS?

    You may need to do some homework to find someone to help. Have you contacted your local TS chapter? They may know of programs or Doctors with good track records in other cases.

    Having one physician focused on your son's care maybe much better then a group or the Mental Health group you have already had experiences with.

    From your previous post, TS concerns seem to take priority over the other disorders.

    Not every medication will react the same for one person compared to another. Understanding the facts about the med's is the first step to see if it could be right for your son.

    Please keep us posted on your findings and progress.
    PJK

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    Default Luvox, a drug we have not tried, is it good?

    Alberta mental health has kind of dumped us as patients since we took him out of one of their facilities because we did not like what was happening
    I am not familiar with the medical system in Alberta, but I am puzzled by what you say. Are you saying you are being refused medical services? Could you elaborate on what you did not like, and why the medical system has ostracized you?

    for the last few years he has been following our recommendations
    Is your son, whom you said is 29 years old and independent person or does he require fulltime supervision?

    As you are most certainly aware, medications are prescribed in response to a diagnosis to which there is an indication for that medication.

    You have described a complex number of diagnoses, which need to be evaluated by a competent team of medical specialists.

    Though the TSFC Forum can provide you with insights into Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders, as well as some resources where you can inform yourself about medications or treatments, this Forum nor any other internet site can diagnose or recommend treatment.

    Have you been in contact with local support services for Tourette Syndrome?

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