Serotonin syndrome is unique among mental health disorders because it is one of the few that has a discernable cause: a negative drug reaction. It is a problem that is usually caused by taking two drugs designed to impact the level of serotonin. For example, combining triptans prescribed to treat migraines in addition to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of depression can cause this serotonin syndrome to occur.
This is not, however, the only drug that can cause serotonin syndrome. The use of LSD and/or Ecstasy can also trigger the mental health disorder in users. When this occurs due to chronic abuse of these substances, Dual Diagnosis – or the presence of two mental health/medical disorders – is an issue, and treatment for both conditions is recommended.
The best way to get treatment for both issues at the same time is to undergo treatment at a Dual Diagnosis rehab center that allows patients to get the intensive care necessary to stabilize immediately and then utilize all the resources necessary to manage symptoms of both disorders at the same time.
In most patients, serotonin syndrome occurs when the patient first begins taking the drugs in combination or when one or both medication doses are increased. Symptoms can begin within a few hours or even a few minutes in some cases. According to Medline Plus, the signs of the disorder include:
Users of club drugs like LSD and Ecstasy commonly use the drugs in social settings, taking the drugs to create a feeling of euphoria, better enjoy specific musical experiences, and to hang out with friends who use the same substance. Unfortunately, these drugs are not only a possible trigger for serotonin syndrome, but when used in combination with other party drugs like cocaine or alcohol, the risk of overdose and acute medical emergency rise significantly.
Serotonin syndrome and overdose are just a few of the issues that can occur due to drug abuse. Others include:
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