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how common in serotonin syndrome?I am a bit of a hypochondriac who suffers from severe depression. I was taking 40mg of paxil, 45mg of buspar and 400mg of tegretol XR. Now, my doctor has changed me to 40mg of paxil, 60mg of buspar, 50mg of amitriptyline, and 300mg of tegretol XR. My doctor is a family physician and not a psychiatrist. I've been reading stuff online and I'm getting worried. The Tegretol is for my mood swings.
serotonin syndrome is not common at all- it usually occurs not with interactions of antidepressants (although it can at extremely high doses- far higher than what you are currently taking) but usually when paired with a drug such as adderall (an amphetamine). Symptoms include fever, grinding of the teeth, biting cheeks, picking at skin and seizure.
Serotonin syndrome is very rare. Unless you exhibit symptoms of serotonin syndrome you are ok!
Why are you on a seizure medicine? Do you have seizures? Also you should never have been put on that many antidepressants or anxiety meds at once. You really should go to a psychiatrist to get your prescription for depression and not a family doctor. Depression is not their specialty. Their specialty are simple problems with the human body, not mental illnesses.
I don't know an exact statistic, but I don't think it's very common. My mom was diagnosed with it a year ago, though, and she is FINE. They just had to readjust her meds and watch her for a bit.
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