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What is serotonin syndrome?

What is serotonin syndrome?It is a serious picture that occurs during the use of antidepressants that reduce serotonin reuptake. The main symptoms:

* Clouding of consciousness
* Cruising in the muscles November
* Seizure
* Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
For mild of these symptoms, it is necessary to call a doctor, and for severe symptoms, it is necessary to call an ambulance.
It has been shown that drugs that reduce serotonin reuptake can cause type 2 diabetes if they are used for a long time. These drugs are not used in the manic phase of bipolar disorder. Their use is not suitable for patients with type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They can worsen the condition in patients with a bleeding disorder called hemophilia and in patients with epilepsy. They need to be used very carefully in the presence of eye pressure (glaucoma), severe heart, kidney disease and liver disease.
What should be considered when using antidepressants?
Antidepressants can interact with many medications, including the pain reliever called ibuprofen. Before starting to use the drug, it is necessary to read the package insert correctly. You should inform your doctor in advance about the medications you are using before prescribing medication.
Can pregnant women use antidepressants?
antidepressants are not used In the early stages of pregnancy. However, if the general condition of the pregnant woman is very disturbed, an exception can be made if there is a potential to harm her pregnancy and her surroundings. There may be complications such as termination of pregnancy due to the use of antidepressants, congenital heart disease in the future baby, pulmonary hypertension in the future baby. However, these complications do not occur in every pregnant woman taking antidepressants. There are mildly effective antidepressants that can be used in pregnant women.
Can nursing mothers use antidepressants?
Antidepressants are not used in nursing mothers under normal conditions. However, if the mother's condition is very severe, there are antidepressants that can be used in nursing mothers if there is a potential to harm her baby. In some cases, breast milk can be stopped by prioritizing the health of the mother.
Antidepressant use in children and young people
In general, antidepressants are rarely used in children and young people. This is due to the fact that these drugs cause suicidal tendencies in young people. However, if the patient does not respond to cognitive and behavioral treatments, the child can use this treatment under the supervision of a psychiatric physician. In addition to drug therapy, psychotherapy should definitely be performed.
Can alcohol be used with antidepressants?
The intake of antidepressants in combination with alcohol is strictly not recommended. Alcohol is already a depressant. Symptoms worsen when depressed patients use alcohol. If you take antidepressants along with alcohol, you may experience drowsiness and dizziness. Antidepressant drugs are also not used together with narcotic drugs. Narcotic drugs also have a depressant effect.
Can I use herbal antidepressants?
St. John's wort is the most well-known herbal substance in this regard.  However, these are not recommended by physicians. Because the active ingredient they contain is not standard. Clinical studies have not been conducted. Moreover, their interaction with other drugs can lead to dangerous consequences.
Can those taking antidepressants use vehicles and machines?
Antidepressants can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. For this reason, vehicles and machines should not be used for a while after starting the drug.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking the antidepressant?
If antidepressants, like other drugs, are stopped abruptly, withdrawal symptoms appear. The most common symptoms are dizziness, unsteady gait, fatigue and headache. In addition, the disease may recur again for a short time. Depression and excessive irritability may appear. Physicians slowly increase the dose of antidepressants, gradually reducing the dose and discontinuing it while stopping. When using antidepressants, the thought "I'm fine today, it will happen if I don't take medication" is very wrong.
Do antidepressants interact with food and drinks?
A group of antidepressants enhances the effect of caffeine. Palpitations and restlessness are observed in these patients. However, this effect does not apply to all antidepressants.
What other treatments for depression are effective?
* Mild depression: Regular exercise, relaxation and sleep
* Moderate depression: Both psychotherapy and medication are necessary.
* Severe depression: Drug therapy and psychotherapy. Treatment can last longer than 6 months.

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