Luvox, Luv It – My Brain on Fluvoxamine
It’s been a brief period of time I’ve been on Luvox, as I call it so I don’t butcher the spelling and pronunciation of Fluvoxamine, but the benefits have been profound. A little more than a week is how long I’ve been taking this SSRI drug, but my brain fog, neck, and head pain/discomfort have improved dramatically after months of stagnation. Mood and functionality are also better. The proof is in the pudding as I’m writing this blog post right now after weeks of not being able to use my brain as much as I needed and wanted. Writing a blog post without being on Luvox would be a daunting task!
My dosing went as such: started at 12.5mg and worked up to 100mg in a week, paused & reduced dose briefly as I was trying to titrate (this is a drug you generally want to taper off), and am now taking 50mg a day split into two doses, morning and night. The number of things I’ve done that haven’t helped much or at all I can’t count on 20 hands, but Luvox was a game changer and quickly (for me and many other Long Haulers, but not everyone). 100mg seems to be the magic dose, but I am going slow with it because of potential side effects such as: lose of appetite, increased anxiety, heart fluttering/uncomfortableness, fatigue, etc. There are also a number of contraindications with Luvox. If you have brain fog, neck pain/stiffness, and brain nerve pain it may be worth it to ask your doctor about the use of this drug. At this juncture, it’s being fairly widely implemented for Long Haulers (and acute patients as well). It’s in favor with some of the top Long Haul Docs as well.
I’d say “I’m Luvin’ It” about Luvox, but I don’t want to get sued by Mickey Ds, so I’ll simply say, so far … I luv it.
UPDATE – 7/29/23