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Can I use Demerol if I am taking SSRIs?

Taken together, an SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and the pain medication Demerol (meperidine) can put you at risk for serotonin syndrome, a rare group of symptoms that can be serious enough to lead to organ failure and even death. SSRIs are typically used to treat depression, and include drugs such as Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Celexa (citalopram), Paxil (paroxetine) and Lexapro (escitalopram). If you're taking one of these, or any other SSRI, and your doctor wants to prescribe Demerol for you, he or she will likely adjust your dose or how often you take the drug accordingly.

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