A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Luvox CR is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) approved for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children through adults. It helps to regulate the moods and thoughts associated with OCD.
The starting dosage is 100 mg by mouth once daily. The dosage can be increased to a maximum of 300 mg by mouth once daily.
The active ingredient is fluvoxamine.
Common interactions include:
For a full list of precautions for SSRIs, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
Common adverse reactions include:
Luvox CR [package insert]. Palo Alto, CA: Jazz Pharmaceuticals; 2011.