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TOPIC TITLE: Luvox for OCD
Created On 2/28/06 8:18 PM
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ernie55B
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2/28/06 8:18 PM
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Hello Dr. Price,

My pdoc. prescribed Luvox for OCD. He said it should/cause an increase in appetite. My pill book says the opposite;may cause loss of appetite.
Considering that I am anorexic, do you have any opinion as to whether this med. is appropriate for me?
(He feels that OCD/Anorexia - 'chalom echud hu'.)

Thank You
 
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Dr. Price MD
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2/28/06 10:40 PM
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Luvox is in a class of medications called SSRI's or selective serotonin reuptake reinhibitors. The SSRI's in general can help one relinquish the control needed to maintain anorexia thereby causing weight gain. Inherently, some people who take SSRI's may gain or lose weight. For example, one who is severely depressed and not eating may gain appropriate weight as the depression lifts. If your goal is to gain weight, Paxil seems to be inherently stimulating of appetite. If your goal is to maintain weight, Zoloft may produce a mild nausea that seems to suppress appetite. Many people find Luvox to be sedating which may be helpful if you need it to sleep. Luvox may also need to be given twice a day which may be more cumbersome than the other SSRI's which are once a day- Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Paxil CR, Prozac and Zoloft.

Rabbi Price, M.D.
 
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ernie55B
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3/1/06 9:17 AM
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Thank You for your prompt response. I will keep you posted as to what is happening.

Ernie
 
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