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Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome Causes

Dangerous levels of serotonin usually due to too much medication causes serotonin syndrome.

Serotonin Syndrome Definition

Serotonin syndrome is the presence of dangerous levels of serotonin in the body.

Serotonin Syndrome Diagnosis

The condition cannot be tested by any single means. The doctor uses tests to rule out other conditions. Such tests may include measurement of any drugs taken or abused by the patient, checking of hormone levels, and assessing key body functions affected by the condition.

Serotonin Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

Patients often feel restless and have rapid heartbeat. They may also experience muscle rigidity and seizures.

Serotonin Syndrome Treatment

Medications that affect the levels of serotonin in the body are stopped. Severe cases may require medications and hospitalization. Treatment depends to symptoms. Patients may be monitored for their vital signs, take muscle relaxants, serotonin-production blocking agents, and drugs that control heart rate and blood pressure. In more severe cases, the patient may need a breathing tube and machine and medications that paralyze the muscles.

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