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When should I seek medical attention for serotonin syndrome?

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In severe cases, serotonin syndrome can be life threatening. If you experience any of these symptoms, you or someone with you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • High fever
  • Seizures
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unconsciousness

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. New England Journal of Medicine, March 17, 2005.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 2, 2020

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. New England Journal of Medicine, March 17, 2005.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 2, 2020

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