Serotonin syndrome

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What is serotonin syndrome?

Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening adverse drug reaction that may occur following therapeutic drug use, inadvertent interactions between drugs, overdose of particular drugs, or the recreational use of certain drugs.

Common symptoms reported by people with serotonin syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with serotonin syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Librium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with serotonin syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with serotonin syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Librium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
abdominal pain bipolar depressive episodes 30 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
insomnia agitation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with serotonin syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has serotonin syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 0
30s 1
40s 2
50s 6
60s 2
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1
Female 11

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from serotonin syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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