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From official FDA prescribing information http://www.drugs.com/pro/fluvoxamine.html

Fluvoxamine (immediate release) comes in 25, 50, and 100mg tablets. It is available as a generic. Its half-life is about 15.6 hours.
 
Luvox CR or generic fluvoxamine ER comes in 100mg or 150mg extended-release capsules. Per http://www.drugs.com/pro/luvox-cr.html
 

Pharmacological information here http://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00176

 

Luvox's half-life is the shortest of all SSRIs and it is well known to incur withdrawal symptoms.
 

Reduce by 10% per month to start
The 10% rule holds for Luvox, just like other psychiatric drugs: Reduce by 10% per month, calculated on the last dosage. (The amount of the reduction gets progressively smaller.)

See Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Cutting up immediate-release tablets
Get your prescription refilled with a combination of dosages that includes 25mg tablets. Cut up the tablets so you can reduce by a quarter of a tablet (6.25mg) at a time.

Tablets can be cut up with a pill splitter like other medications in tablet form. Keep the pieces you don't use in a clean pill bottle labeled with the dosage for future use.

Do-it-yourself liquid

 

See this post for DIY instructions.

 

You may be able to make a liquid with immediate-release tablets and water. A liquid makes it easier to titrate by small, controlled amounts.

It is "sparingly soluble" in water, see http://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00176 -- stability (shelf-life of dilution) is unknown. As traces are found in municipal water supplies http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/1755/report/F
it is somewhat stable, but degraded by light.

See How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules
 
Have a compounding pharmacy make a liquid for tapering
Compounding pharmacies can make a liquid of immediate-release fluvoxamine (NOT extended-release fluvoxamine). You will need a prescription written for the custom compound. The only drawback is this can be quite expensive.
 

Here is a pharmacy recipe for fluvoxamine liquid suspension (pdf)


Extended-release capsules: Open and count out beads
Opening the capsule and taking out the beads to gradually reduce the dosage is an established tapering method: You take out a certain number of beads every day for 4 weeks, then increase the number of beads subtracted for another 4 weeks.

(Generally, it's a good idea to save the beads you take out in a clean capped pill bottle, to use later in the taper.)

Some people microtaper by reducing by one or two beads at a time. (Be sure to keep notes about your count!)

Tapering by removing beads from a capsule can be tricky. See:

Capsules are filled by weight. There is variation in the size and number of beads, between brands and dosages and maybe even lots within a brand and dosage.

You have to count the beads in the capsules of the type you have, and go by your own average. Someone else's bead count might be of a different brand or dosage.

  • The size of beads in a capsule varies slightly from bead to bead.
  • The number of beads in a capsule of a specific dosage varies among manufacturers, e.g., not all 150mg fluvoxamine CR capsules from different manufacturers contain the same number of beads. If your prescription gets filled with fluvoxamine CR capsules from a different manufacturer, counting out the same number of beads may give you a different dosage.
  • Even from the same manufacturer, the number of beads in a capsule of a specific dosage varies, e.g. not all 150mg Luvox CR capsules contain the same number of beads.
  • The number of beads in a capsule varies from dosage to dosage, e.g. the number of beads in 100mg fluvoxamine CR capsules is NOT 2/3 the number of beads in 150mg fluvoxamine CR capsules from the same manufacturer.
  • The number of beads in capsules may vary because the manufacturer, particularly generic manufacturers, have sloppy quality control and the capsules vary in weight (this may be illegal and worthy of a complaint to the government drug regulatory agency).

If you are very sensitive to dosage variations, you may wish to weight the beads with a digital scale to get precise dosages. Or you may wish to micro-taper, see below.

Also, at the very end of your taper, you may wish to switch to regular fluvoxamine and make a liquid from it so you may reduce by fractions of a milligram.

 
Have a compounding pharmacy make capsules with custom dosages
Compounding pharmacies can weigh fluvoxamine or fluvoxamine and make up capsules for you of specific dosages. You will need a prescription written for the custom compound. The only drawback is this can be quite expensive.

Convert from fluvoxamine CR or Luvox to regular tablets
You may wish to switch from the extended-release version to regular fluvoxamine so you can use the tablet-cutting method or make a liquid from it.

Because of its short half-life, taking regular fluvoxamine may necessitate taking a dose twice a day.

You would then be able to cut up the immediate-release tablet or make a liquid from it to reduce by 10%.
 
Reduce by micro-taper
The very smallest dose of Luvox CR is one bead. Some people find they can better tolerate a reduction of one bead at a time rather than a 10% decrease. You may be able to make reductions of one bead more frequently; try reducing by one bead a week for a while to see what your tolerance is. See http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2878-micro-taper-instead-of-10-or-5-decreases/

Switching to Prozac
Attributed to Joseph Glenmullen, the "bridging" technique is described by a doctor here http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/ph_2005/ph1354.htm Another doctor explained his technique to me:

For a "normal" dose of Effexor (150mg per day or more), he would switch to 10mg Prozac with a week of overlap. In other words, take both medications for a week and then drop the Effexor. Lower doses of Effexor require lower doses of Prozac as a "bridge."

Later, taper off Prozac. He acknowledged Prozac can have its withdrawal problems, but given Prozac's long half-life, gradual tapering should be much easier than tapering off Effexor. And, at least Prozac comes in a liquid.
 
For more information, see http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1463-the-prozac-switch-or-bridging-with-prozac/

To do this, consult a doctor knowledgeable about this technique.

 

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Thankyou!

 

I hope you and those running this forum know how valued you are.

 

onwards to the healing!

Currently on 50mg Fluvoxamine. Reading more before the next attempt at tapering.

 

Started Lexapro 04, have been mostly on med combinations since for 12 years.

May 2015 - zeldox 80 - 100mg, fluvoxamine 200mg, dexamphetamine 10mg

Lorazepam and clonazepam on and off for over a decade. Heavily sedated with antipsychotics - mostly Zyprexa and seroquel. Many hospitalisations. Many types of therapy, last being 7 years of psychodynamic that only figured out my pain was real.

Pain meds - Lyrica 150mg palexia 100mg - discontinued eary 2016

Done ok so far but cant drop the last antidepressant without physical illness.

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DIY Liquid Luvox:

 

On 19/01/2018 at 1:04 PM, brassmonkey said:

Making your own liquid is a bit confusing the first time out but it is really pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  There is a little trick to use when making a liquid from Luvox.  From my research I have learned that Luvox does not dissolve all that well in plain water, but it does dissolve quite well in isotonic saline, which is basically salt water.

 

To make it you would use 9 grams of table salt mixed into 100 grams of water. Add to this one crushed tablet and let it sit over night. If you crush the tablet carefully you won't lose enough powder to cause any problems.  Almost all of the active ingredient will be dissolved into the water and all of the fillers will settle to the bottom where you don't have to worry about them. If you keep it refrigerated the liquid should be good for a week or so.

 

NOTE:  You do not have to shake before measuring

 

On 20/01/2018 at 5:07 PM, brassmonkey said:

I prefer to use the two spoons method to crush tablets. Put the tablet between the bowls of two spoons and grind it into a powder.  Work over a piece of waxed paper and you won't lose anything.  Only crush one tablet at a time and put it directly into the water you're mixing up for that batch.  So you will mix 50ml of water (1ml of water weighs 1 gram) with 4.5 grams of table salt and 1 crushed 50mgai tablet.  Shaking it up will help things to dissolve and then let it sit overnight.  This will give you a solution with a concentration of 1mgai per 1ml of liquid. You don't have to shake it up because the active ingredient is all dissolved in the water and the stuff on the bottom is basically just mud. (For other people reading this who are using different medications this does not apply to you, this is for Luvox users only, other medications need to be shaken before use.)

 

mgai (active ingredient) is the strength designation on the bottle

 

The other designation is mgpw which is the weight of the actual material from the pill.

 

Example:  BrassMonkey used 40mg paxil tablets.  They were 40mgai, but they weighed 500mgpw each.

 

On 21/01/2018 at 1:19 PM, brassmonkey said:

Distilled water would work fine, but any bottled water would be fine.  You could use tap water depending on it's quality where you live.  Bottled is probably the best. A tinted container is usually best for storing medications.

 

The process from switching from inaccurately cut tablets to a very accurate dose of liquid is probably going to have some affects on you.  Be prepared for an upswing in symptoms for the next few weeks.  It's not anything going wrong it's just your body adjusting to the new form of the drug and a more consistent dose.  If there is an increase in symptoms it should start to stabilize and calm down in a few weeks.  Also the liquid might taste pretty terrible, you could try mixing it with some fruit juice or flavoring of some sort (don't use Grapefruit juice).

 

On 01/02/2018 at 1:33 PM, brassmonkey said:

Yea, sea salt would work fine.

 

32 minutes ago, brassmonkey said:

Draw in a bit extra, point the syringe up and tap it to get all the bubbles at the tip.  then squirt out just a bit to get to the right dosage.

 

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Thanks Tom and AliG.  A little history with Luvox that might help others on it.  Luvox is metabolized in a large part by CYP1A2.  I first found that out during a trip to the ER the first year on the med after having a caffeine drink, I almost had caffeine intoxication.  Anyone interested can look at research, for example https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8807660

Since then I have found many other items that either inhibit or induce cyp1a2 affecting my Luvox dose up or down.  The lower the dose the more I feel the effect.  A partial list, almost anything with antioxidants or carcinogenic.    Blueberries, blackberries, smoked meat, meat cooked at high temps, cabbage, cauliflower, smoke, cement ( breathing the powder form or touching wet cement, bacon, squash, etc.  Even supplements, I already had a previous experience with k2, turmeric, vitamins, iron, etc.  I have to be very careful introducing anything new.   I had already eaten a lot of hamburger patties though, for months without any issues, so I didn't think about k2 in grass feed beef.   I can eat a cup of blueberries and feel sedated as it increases my dose.

 

Those big drops were from those situations, dropping my dose after taking say finishing an antibiotic interacting with my med (as the antibiotic caused a drop to start with).  Tom you may be correct, the big drops over a year finally caught up.  I initially thought it was side effects from going up (following the drop) because I felt very 'bright'  right after taking a dose (after stopping the meet).  Maybe it was just withdrawal catching up to me from the drop.

zoloft 2004-08 tapered too fast(2 weeks)
Luvox 5/08 100 mg 07/10 40mg via small reductions, 08/10 39mg, 09/10 38mg, 10/10 37mg, 11/10 36mg,2/11 35mg, 5/11 34mg, 8/11 33mg, 11/11 32mg, 01/12 31mg, 03/12 30mg, 4/12 29mg, 5/12 28 mg, 8/12 27 mg, 11/12 26 mg, 1/13 25 mg, 3/13 24 mg, 4/13 23 mg,6/13 22 mg, 7/13 21 mg, 8/13 20mg, 10/13 19 mg, 11/13 18 mg, 12/13 17 mg, 1/14 16 mg, 3/14 13 mg, 9/14 10.9 mg,  1/15 10 mg, 3/15  9 mg,  5/15 8 mg. 11/15 7.12 mg.  4/16  5 mg, 6/16   4.5 mg,  9/16 4.2 mg, 1/17 3.48 mg, 2/17  3.2 mg,  4/17 2.2 mg, 5/17 2.0 mg, 6/17  1.74 mg, 7/17 1.58 mg, 9/17 1.27 mg, 11/17 1.0 mg,  1/18 0.79 mg

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On 3/3/2018 at 8:12 PM, mustangwoman said:

Even supplements, I already had a previous experience with k2, turmeric, vitamins, iron, etc.  I have to be very careful introducing anything new.   I had already eaten a lot of hamburger patties though, for months without any issues, so I didn't think about k2 in grass feed beef.   I can eat a cup of blueberries and feel sedated as it increases my dose.

Hey,

Im just curious how have you noticed iron or blueberries interacting with luvox?

I have found caffeine definitely and vitamins as well interacts also certain teas/herbs.

 

I got a little book from a website about what interacts with certain drugs. I took it with a grain of salt though as there was a long list

2014-2015. Was on Luvox for about a year or more. Withdrew to fast in only 2 months but felt fine. (highest dose was 800mg which is over 2x the maximum safe dose..tapered off 50mg every week). Was also on klonopin for a few months. Do not remember the details. 

...
2016
(Klonopin 1 mg for a month, second time on it, in May 2016 and tapered .25mg through early aug)
(Tapered off Klonopin as i went on Luvox)  
-Off klonopin-
....
2016-present 
Back on Luvox in 2016 of June..(400 mg 8/26/2016).. (350mg 8/26/2016).. (300mg 09/04/2016).. (250mg 09/08/2016).. (tried to taper to 225mg 03/07/2017 didn't work).. (240mg  04/04/2017).. (230mg 04/27/2017).. (225mg 05/12/2017)...(223mg 09/28/2017)...(222mg 05/01/2018)...(220mg 05/21/2018)...(218mg 09/01/18)...(216mg 02/21/19)  (03/15/2019-08/30/19)had a serve drug interaction took a long time to recover and find the right dose)  (08/30/19 199mg)...(09/24/19 198mg) (feeling more human)
04/01/20-jan 75mg- 100mg... February 1st -present.. about 116mg a day
had terrible suicidal thoughts from the effects of drugs for 6 months - has gotten better but at times can return at times
 
No one seems to be able to help me or cares. I’m losing my ******* mind 
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On 10/17/2013 at 1:55 PM, Altostrata said:

It is "sparingly soluble" in water,

hello,

 

I was wondering, Does this mean that the Luvox might not totally dissolve completely? I use a water taper  3x a time but have been thinking of going to a scale for accuracy 

2014-2015. Was on Luvox for about a year or more. Withdrew to fast in only 2 months but felt fine. (highest dose was 800mg which is over 2x the maximum safe dose..tapered off 50mg every week). Was also on klonopin for a few months. Do not remember the details. 

...
2016
(Klonopin 1 mg for a month, second time on it, in May 2016 and tapered .25mg through early aug)
(Tapered off Klonopin as i went on Luvox)  
-Off klonopin-
....
2016-present 
Back on Luvox in 2016 of June..(400 mg 8/26/2016).. (350mg 8/26/2016).. (300mg 09/04/2016).. (250mg 09/08/2016).. (tried to taper to 225mg 03/07/2017 didn't work).. (240mg  04/04/2017).. (230mg 04/27/2017).. (225mg 05/12/2017)...(223mg 09/28/2017)...(222mg 05/01/2018)...(220mg 05/21/2018)...(218mg 09/01/18)...(216mg 02/21/19)  (03/15/2019-08/30/19)had a serve drug interaction took a long time to recover and find the right dose)  (08/30/19 199mg)...(09/24/19 198mg) (feeling more human)
04/01/20-jan 75mg- 100mg... February 1st -present.. about 116mg a day
had terrible suicidal thoughts from the effects of drugs for 6 months - has gotten better but at times can return at times
 
No one seems to be able to help me or cares. I’m losing my ******* mind 
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That is correct.  Luvox does not dissolve well in water.  However, it dissolves quite will in a small amount of vodka. The vodka is then mixed with a specific amount of water to dilute things to the correct concentration to make up you dose.  

 

How  have you been doing the water method?  

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

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It won't dissolve in water but can make a suspension with which you can taper. Or, use vodka, as brassmonkey suggested, for a more reliable solution (you'll stlll have fragments from the tablet coating floating around in it).

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On 10/29/2019 at 12:24 PM, brassmonkey said:

That is correct.  Luvox does not dissolve well in water.  However, it dissolves quite will in a small amount of vodka. The vodka is then mixed with a specific amount of water to dilute things to the correct concentration to make up you dose.  

 

How  have you been doing the water method?  

Thank you for the reply.

I brought a suspension off amazon I was going to test called, humco (2 in 1 flavor blend). That is interesting about the vodka.. could that make someone intoxicated? I might try it tho because the humco has some weird ingredients in it. 

 

I been doing a 25 mg tablet in a 25 ml water suspension.. then mixing it till it dissolves.. then I take out the amount of mg I want to take with a syringe and drink it. 

I heard once that mixing medcines with salt water can help.. I’m not sure if it would work though.

2014-2015. Was on Luvox for about a year or more. Withdrew to fast in only 2 months but felt fine. (highest dose was 800mg which is over 2x the maximum safe dose..tapered off 50mg every week). Was also on klonopin for a few months. Do not remember the details. 

...
2016
(Klonopin 1 mg for a month, second time on it, in May 2016 and tapered .25mg through early aug)
(Tapered off Klonopin as i went on Luvox)  
-Off klonopin-
....
2016-present 
Back on Luvox in 2016 of June..(400 mg 8/26/2016).. (350mg 8/26/2016).. (300mg 09/04/2016).. (250mg 09/08/2016).. (tried to taper to 225mg 03/07/2017 didn't work).. (240mg  04/04/2017).. (230mg 04/27/2017).. (225mg 05/12/2017)...(223mg 09/28/2017)...(222mg 05/01/2018)...(220mg 05/21/2018)...(218mg 09/01/18)...(216mg 02/21/19)  (03/15/2019-08/30/19)had a serve drug interaction took a long time to recover and find the right dose)  (08/30/19 199mg)...(09/24/19 198mg) (feeling more human)
04/01/20-jan 75mg- 100mg... February 1st -present.. about 116mg a day
had terrible suicidal thoughts from the effects of drugs for 6 months - has gotten better but at times can return at times
 
No one seems to be able to help me or cares. I’m losing my ******* mind 
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Hi everyone,

 

It doesn’t seem like there are many people on here tapering off Luvox.  Just wondering if anyone could share their experience of coming off it particularly because it has such a short half life.

 

thanks

Ally

FreeAlly History

 

Oct 2015 - Started Luvox

Nov 2015 - Started Amitriptalyne

Jan 2018 - Started Ferograd C Iron Supplement

Jan 2018 - Started Armaforce immune support supplement

Feb 2019 - started on probiotic 

 

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Please use search in the Introductions forum to see members tapering Luvox.

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I am planning to taper off luvox.if any one has any tips or suggestions,please share

Oct 2014-fluvoxamine 100mg (night)

Oct 2018-added resperidone 0.5 mg (night)

Dec 2019 went CT on both drugs

28 feb 2020 reinstated both drugs at full dose

4 march 2020 added bupropion 150 mg xl

10 march 2020 stopped bupropion

 

 

Currently on fluvoxamine 100mg and resperidone 0.5mg

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Please read the first post in this topic and post your questions about the tapering process. If they're about your own particular situation, please post them in your Introductions topic.

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On 10/29/2019 at 1:37 PM, Altostrata said:

It won't dissolve in water but can make a suspension with which you can taper. Or, use vodka, as brassmonkey suggested, for a more reliable solution (you'll stlll have fragments from the tablet coating floating around in it).

 

On 11/5/2019 at 1:14 PM, Raye said:

Thank you for the reply.

I brought a suspension off amazon I was going to test called, humco (2 in 1 flavor blend). That is interesting about the vodka.. could that make someone intoxicated? I might try it tho because the humco has some weird ingredients in it. 

 

I been doing a 25 mg tablet in a 25 ml water suspension.. then mixing it till it dissolves.. then I take out the amount of mg I want to take with a syringe and drink it. 

I heard once that mixing medcines with salt water can help.. I’m not sure if it would work though.


I am using Luvox in water right now, also 25 mg in 25 ml.  How dissolved does it have to be ? It seems fine, if it’s all stirred up. No?  I have been having a heck of a time mostly with swaying and rocking sensations after getting down to about 16 mg. 

Also….  Trying to understand why it has so many interactions, more than other SSRI’s, but can’t seem to process the enzyme information due to brain fog.  

 

1993-1994  klonopin/Zoloft 

1997-2018 Zolft or Paxil or Lexapro or Prozac and Klonopin or Xanax 

2019—Mirtazipine, Luvox, Klonopin 

2019 Tapered Mirtazipine and Klonopin 

2020-2021—Luvox taper from 100 mg dizzy, boaty, tinnitus, disabled, hopeless 

Jan 2022 Luvox liquid 16.5 mg 

Feb 2022 Luvox liquid 19 increased after weeks of boatiness, still not stable 

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On 10/18/2013 at 7:55 AM, Altostrata said:

 

Convert from fluvoxamine CR or Luvox to regular tablets
You may wish to switch from the extended-release version to regular fluvoxamine so you can use the tablet-cutting method or make a liquid from it.

Because of its short half-life, taking regular fluvoxamine may necessitate taking a dose twice a day.

 

 

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On 2/18/2022 at 10:12 PM, Warriormaden said:

It seems fine, if it’s all stirred up.

 

This is the best you can do with homemade. Have you tried getting the prescription liquid?

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4 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

 

This is the best you can do with homemade. Have you tried getting the prescription liquid?

Thank you.  I think I can get it from a compounding pharmacy here. It’s very expensive. Do you think the difference would be that significant? Just looking at all possibilities right now because I can’t bear many more nights like the last few. .  I make it each night and make sure to let it sit and stir and stir.   I’m more scared right now about how this seems to be acting like a benzo. Have you heard of that before? I just took part of my split does two hours ago and it made me less symptomatic.. quite a bit.  Still horrific but less horrific.  Same last night.  About two hours after I took it.  It never seemed to have this effect before. Do some people find that much immediate change after taking their anti depressant ?  

 

1993-1994  klonopin/Zoloft 

1997-2018 Zolft or Paxil or Lexapro or Prozac and Klonopin or Xanax 

2019—Mirtazipine, Luvox, Klonopin 

2019 Tapered Mirtazipine and Klonopin 

2020-2021—Luvox taper from 100 mg dizzy, boaty, tinnitus, disabled, hopeless 

Jan 2022 Luvox liquid 16.5 mg 

Feb 2022 Luvox liquid 19 increased after weeks of boatiness, still not stable 

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On 2/18/2022 at 11:26 PM, ChessieCat said:

Thank you, Chessie. Sorry I’m slow on getting to responses. Can you tell me if this link means anything? Totally understand if you don’t have time to look at stuff like this or if you need to delete because it’s not appropriate..  I have no idea what is a real study and what it means.  Just at my “limited attention span” glance, it sounded more hopeful that maybe Luvox hangs around longer in the brain as opposed to blood levels ? 
https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/ajp.155.3.380

 

 

 

1993-1994  klonopin/Zoloft 

1997-2018 Zolft or Paxil or Lexapro or Prozac and Klonopin or Xanax 

2019—Mirtazipine, Luvox, Klonopin 

2019 Tapered Mirtazipine and Klonopin 

2020-2021—Luvox taper from 100 mg dizzy, boaty, tinnitus, disabled, hopeless 

Jan 2022 Luvox liquid 16.5 mg 

Feb 2022 Luvox liquid 19 increased after weeks of boatiness, still not stable 

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