"Do you suffer from Luvox side effects?"

Ah, Luvox side effects… another hot topic of controversy. From the basic SSRI side effects to suicide and… even murder…

For example, here are the ‘official’ Luvox side effects: anorexia, constipation, dry mouth, headache, nausea, nervousness, skin rash, sleep problems, somnolence, liver toxicity, mania, increase urination, seizures, sweating increase, tremors, or Tourette's syndrome.

In my experience (friends and interviewees) have also expressed the following side effects:

- sweating, sleepiness / insomnia, and diarrhea / constipation, weight gain, loss of sex drive. Most everything but the weight gain and loss of sex drive seems to usually goes away within a couple of weeks.

- symptoms getting worse, be it anxiety, depression or OCD. (Even taking Luvox for one thing can bring on the symptoms of something else.)

These were all different experiences.

Then there is the FDA Warning on Luvox Side Effects…

The FDA (US Food and Drug Association) currently issues the following warning with the Anti-Depressant drug Luvox (also prescribed for OCD and anxiety):

“Taking antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts and actions in about 1 out of 50 people 18 years or younger.”

The UK and Health Canada have issued a similar warning.

The Biggy… Can Luvox Side Effects Include Murderous Behaviour?

Here’s the huge controversy over violent behaviour…

“Eric Harris was taking Luvox (a Prozac-like drug) at the time of the Littleton murders” writes Dr. Peter R. Breggin, MD of Ithaca, New York (Eric Harris was involved in the Columbine tragedgy).

So, Did Luvox Side Effects Cause the Columbine Tragedy?

Let’s hear from Dr. Peter Breggin…


Sidenote: Who is Dr. Breggin? Peter R. Breggin, M.D. is a psychiatrist in full-time private practice in Bethesda, Maryland where he treats children, adults and families. Dr. Breggin is one of the world's foremost critics of biological psychiatry, including psychiatric drugs, and a strong advocate for psychological and social human services. He is the founder and International Director of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP), a reform-oriented research and educational network.

Dr. Breggin has taught on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and George Mason University, as well as the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Breggin is the author of a dozen books, including Toxic Psychiatry (1991), Talking Back to Ritalin (1998) Beyond Conflict (1992), and with Ginger Ross Breggin, Talking Back to Prozac (1994) and The War Against Children of Color (1998). In 1997 Springer Publishing Company simultaneously released Dr. Breggin's professional books “Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Role of the FDA” and “The Heart of Being Helpful: Empathy and the Creation of a Healing Presence”. Dr. Breggin has also published two dozen peer-reviewed articles in the field of psychiatry.


Dr. Peter Breggin writes on Luvox side effects… “On April 29 the Washington Post confirmed that Eric Harris, the leader in the Littleton tragedy, was taking the psychiatric drug Luvox at the time of the murders. On April 30 the same newspaper published a story quoting expert claims that Luvox is safe and has no association with causing violence. In fact, Luvox and closely related drugs commonly produce manic psychoses, aggression, and other behavioral abnormalities in children and young people.”

Dr. Peter Breggin continues to write…

“Reports suggest that Eric Harris may have had a relatively good family life. If so, it adds to the probability that he was suffering from a drug-induced manic reaction caused by Luvox. The phenomenon of drug-induced manic reactions caused by antidepressants is so widely recognized that it is discussed several times in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association and many times in The Physicians' Desk Reference.”

As a result, Eric’s family sued the makers of the drug for Eric experiencing the negative Luvox side effects. Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the name of the company. CBS News had reported that Solvay's Web site warns that the drug “may impair judgment, thinking or motor skills”.

Dr. Peter Breggin shares on his website that he has testified as a medical expert in three teenage cases of murder in which SSRIs were implicated in playing a role. In one case, a sixteen year old committed murder and tried to set off multiple bombs and incendiary devices at the same time. He writes that he also has testified in cases of adult murderers who were under the influence of SSRIs, including one mass murder of twelve people followed by suicide.

“The comparisons to Littleton are obvious”, he writes.

One user writes about his Luvox side effects:

“I was given luvox for 5 years and in that time had countless suicide attempts, quick to anger and lose control. It was always explained that was part of my bipolar disorder. After weeks of breaking free from the luvox, which included seizures, loss of body control, weakness, vomiting, (This was with tapering off as directed). I feel like there is hope again, I have a new Dr. new therapy, new goals and I feel like I am living again. LUVOX was killing me, I was uninformed about side effects. My first attempt at suicide, there should have been some big red flag saying-you know this Luvox my not be the safest med. But it's one of the most expensive and we must feed that machine at the cost of how many lives. I am a young mother of 3, I have a college education which I am now driven to pursue, to be an advocate for people who have had to endure the system as I did at my worst.” - Posted by: gwen at January 1, 2005 09:00 AM

Bottom line, according to the reports of users and critics, Luvox side effects can be dangerous indeed. Please talk with your doctor if you have further questions about Luvox or if you are taking Luvox and are experiencing strange side effects!

Other drugs or even dietary supplements can also bring on negative Luvox side effects! Don’t take Luvox with something else before talking to your doctor!

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Back to Home from Luvox Side Effects


FDA Luvox Side Effects Warning : http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/fluvoxamine/default.htm (accessed May 30, 2006 )

CBS News: “Struggling With Columbine's Questions” / http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/10/22/national/main315368.shtml (accessed May 30, 2006 )

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Luvox Side Effects / (2006, May 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:54 , May 31, 2006 , from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php


Breggin, Peter M.D. / “Eric Harris was taking Luvox (a Prozac-like drug) at the time of the Littleton murders”/http://www.breggin.com/luvox.html (accessed May 30,2006)

Luvox Side Effects – blog entry - http://www.depressionblog.com/archives/000010.shtml (accessed May 30, 2006)

Notable Links:

Breggin’s Blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/ (accessed May 30, 2006)

Breggin’s website: http://www.breggin.com (accessed May 30, 2006)

Learn more about Peter Breggin on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Breggin (accessed May 30, 2006)

Dr Peter Breggin’s court testimony: http://www.house.gov/ed_workforce/hearings/106th/oi/

ritalin92900/breggin.htm (accessed May 30, 2006)

Dr. Peter Breggin: FDA Warns that Paxil Makes Depressed Adults Suicidal - (English)| Dr. Peter Breggin | FDA Warns that Paxil Makes Depressed Adults Suicidal By Peter R. Breggin, M.D. | Getting the FDA to move forward by presenting it with scientific data is like using a peacock feather to tickle a sleeping giant... (accessed May 30, 2006)

PBS - frontline: medicating kids: interviews: peter breggin

Psychiatrist and author of Talking Back to Ritalin, Breggin founded the nonprofit Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. ...http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/medicating/


(accessed May 30, 2006)

Health Canada issues antidepressant warning for pregnant women (English)CBC News | Women who take antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil and are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant are warned of potential risks to the baby, Health Canada said. | The department issued the advisory on Friday, noting research suggests ...


ssri-pregnancy060310.html (accessed May 30, 2006)

Canadian Medical Journal reports on Luvox:

UK bans, Health Canada warns about antidepressants /http://www.cmaj.ca / (accessed May 30, 2006)

Drug company experts advised staff to withhold data about SSRIuse in children/ http://www.cmaj.ca / (accessed May 30, 2006)

FDA urges "black box" warning on pediatric antidepressants / http://www.cmaj.ca / (accessed May 30, 2006)

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