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Drugs. 1992;43 Suppl 2:48-53; discussion 53-4.

Review of fluvoxamine safety database.

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  • 1Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., Marietta, Georgia.


A review of the safety and tolerability of fluvoxamine in worldwide marketing studies involving 24,624 patients, predominantly receiving fluvoxamine treatment in uncontrolled studies in depression, has been conducted. There was a marked preponderance of female patients and patients aged between 30 and 50 years. The majority of patients were treated for 6 weeks, with the most frequent modal total daily dose being 100mg. The greatest proportion of adverse experiences occurring, by COSTART body system, affected the digestive system (24.1%), the nervous system (23.7%), and the body as a whole (15.3%). The only adverse experience with an incidence greater than 10% was nausea (15.7%), with somnolence (6.9%) and asthenia (6.2%) as the next most frequent experiences. Notably, the rates of agitation and anxiety were only 1.4 and 1.3%, respectively. The incidences of adverse experiences increased with age, and were slightly higher in females than males. 15.1% of patients discontinued treatment prematurely as a result of adverse experiences, principally nausea, dizziness, vomiting, somnolence, abdominal pain, and headache. The overall incidence of serious adverse events associated with fluvoxamine treatment was 2.5%, and the incidence of overall suicidality, including suicidal ideation, overdose, and intentional overdose as well as attempted and completed acts of suicide, was remarkably low at 0.8%.

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