“Serotonin” used to be an esoteric term used by neuroscientists to describe a chemical found in the brain, digestive tract and blood. But thanks to drugs like Prozac and Zoloft, this chemical term has become almost a household word. Many people now know that such medications are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).
Not everyone appreciates the potentially disastrous consequences of elevated serotonin levels. The medical term for this is “serotonin syndrome.” We wish more prescribers were aware of this complication.
One reader told her story:
“I have been on tramadol for pain and Cymbalta for depression. I got depressed due to the constant sciatic nerve pain I was in.