What is serotonin syndrome?

It's important to be aware of foods and supplements other than the prescribed medications you are taking for depression that can raise serotonin to toxic levels. Foods that contain L-tryptophan, supplements like 5-HTP, or beverages like Green Tea will increase production of serotonin - which can create side effects of irritability, agitation, mania, confusion, high blood pressure and flu like symptoms. Though rare, serotonin syndrome is something that can be controlled and prevented - so make sure to communicate ALL the nutritional foods and vitamin supplements you are taking to your healthcare practitioner.

Serotonin syndrome is a rare but serious condition caused by too much serotonin in the brain. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome include altered mental status. Confusion, muscle twitching, poor muscle coordination, shivering, dilated pupils, sweating, higher blood pressure, and increased heart rate.

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