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What role does illegal drugs play in serotonin syndrome?

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Some illegal drugs, such as LSD and cocaine, and dietary supplements, including St. John's wort and ginseng, can also lead to serotonin syndrome when combined with antidepressants that affect serotonin.

The FDA recently asked drug manufacturers to include warning labels on their products to let patients know about the potential risk of serotonin syndrome. If you are uncertain about drugs you take or have been prescribed, check the label or speak with your doctor. Don't stop any medication before talking to your doctor.

From: What Is Serotonin Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Headache Society: "What is Serotonin Syndrome and What Should You Know About It?"

National Cancer Institute: "Serotonin." OhioHealthOnline: "Serotonin Syndrome." MedlinePlus: "Serotonin Syndrome." Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "New report finds little evidence to determine the usefulness of genetic tests in the treatment of depression." Boyer, E. , March 17, 2005.



New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 9, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Headache Society: "What is Serotonin Syndrome and What Should You Know About It?"

National Cancer Institute: "Serotonin." OhioHealthOnline: "Serotonin Syndrome." MedlinePlus: "Serotonin Syndrome." Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "New report finds little evidence to determine the usefulness of genetic tests in the treatment of depression." Boyer, E. , March 17, 2005.



New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 9, 2017

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