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Had serotonin syndrome back in March. Now on a new concoction of meds. Is this safe?

Hello all. I'm a 19 year old male. Well, I've had a rough couple months. More than likely due to a combination of cymbalta, trazodone, and tryptophan, I had serotonin syndrome back in March. I was taken off cymbalta and trazodone cold turkey at the hospital. Through my experiences with doctors over the last couple months, I've learned I can only trust myself, and ask others for advice. One of the reasons for this is because my psychiatrist put me back on SRRI's 3 separate times within the first month after my serotonin syndrome. See, at the time, I knew nothing about the danger

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Had serotonin syndrome back in March. Now on a new concoction of meds. Is this safe?

If you look at a good website such as the Mayo Clinic or the NIH or the like you can research each drug and see how it works.  If you're taking these meds, however, and not having the bad reactions you describe above, then I'd assume you're okay on them.  I know people love wikipedia, but it's really not your best source -- peer reviewed sources can be better and more accurate.  But here's the problem with Seroquel, and this makes the drug very hard to evaluate -- it was falsely marketed by its manufacturer in a horrendously huge way, and is being used therefore for all kinds of things it was never approved for.  This isn't unusual in general, as any approved drug can be used by doctors any way they want, but it does confuse the issue of how much doctors know about a drug.  Seroquel, for example, was never researched for sleep, it's actually an unwanted side effect of the drug that the company used to market it for sleep and many other things.  In general, any drug taken long-term for sleep can make it hard to ever sleep again without taking the stuff -- and can cause rebound insomnia.  Sometimes we just have no choice but your sense of caution about this med is valid and maybe you can discuss it with your psychiatrist.  As for the lorazepam, make sure you wean off very slowly, as slowly as you need.  Don't let your doctor rush you.  I wish i knew more about all these drugs, but I don't.  If you want to try valerian, to be safe you have to be off the lorazepam first.  Both target GABA receptors.  But no natural remedy is as strong as a drug -- that's good in that they usually have lesser side effects because of this, but it also can mean that they don't work as well as drugs if you're already accustomed to those magic little pills.  I would have tried melatonin first and then herbs and tried drugs last, not first.  But your are where you are.  If you saw a specialist in natural remedies they would want to treat all of you, not just part of you, but there are a lot of natural remedies that can help (or not).  A good book to read for an overview is Natural Highs by Hyla Cass, a psychiatrist at UCLA who uses natural medicine in her practice.  Sorry for your problems -- I know what it's like to be an anomaly and to have sorry psychiatrists -- I hope you find your way clear.  
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I think that your question should be answered by a doctor first of all, but a rule should be that you listen to your body. If you feel something isn´t as it should be, then there probably is a problem..... However, try posting in the ADHD/ADD sub forim as well, maybe someone uses similar "cocktails", and can respond based on their own experiences... Good luck!
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Looking for meds safe to take while trying to conceive/pregnancy

It's all so hard, isn't it?  I've dealt with infertility and miscarriage, and during that time my depression and anxiety issues have ebbed and flowed.  I've taken Xanax for anxiety, but my doctor says it is preferred for people with chronic anxiety to take an SSRI.  I've taken Paxil which isn't safe in early pregnancy, so I didn't go back on that.  I have been on Zoloft in the past with good luck; I chose to go back on that because it's the #1 choice for pregnant women, but it was like taking a sugar pill.  It didn't work for me.  After my most recent miscarriage I knew I needed something asap and knew Zoloft wasn't the answer, so I did some research and requested Prozac.  It's not one of the most common SSRIs used for anxiety, but for me it has been wonderful!  It has been so, so helpful. I'm actually pregnant again and my doctor still wants me on my Prozac.  I'm really thankful I can still keep taking it!  I'm much more anxious now, but I can only imagine how crazy I'd be feeling without it. All the while I've had a prescription for Xanax.  I only take it as needed, and when I'm taking a SSRI that's working for me I rarely need it. I hope you find a good fit for you!
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need to find a new psychiatrist

I've posted this before. It worked for me, you need to be pro-active......... Find the psychiatric departments at the city universities. Get the names of all the teaching PROFESSORS. Hound them with your dilemma. Demand to be referred to a competent psychiatrist who takes medicare. Book a (very expensive) appointment if necessary, it's only for a single time. These professors are the best, they usually don't treat, but they know what's going on,  who does what, who is competent and who is not etc, in their field. Good luck.
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Carcinoid Syndrome extremely elevated chrom a and serotonin

Hi there! Both serotonin and chromogranin are likely to be elevated as a part of the carcinoid syndrome. 5-HIAA is a degradation product of serotonin and may not be elevated in all patients. I would suggest discussing the situation and the appropriate management plan in detail with your treating doctor. Hope this is helpful. Take care!
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Possible Sjogens Syndrome?

HI Vicky and welcome to the forum. It is possible you have seronegative Sjögren's, so in this case the determination  has to be from the clinical symptoms/history and not the labs. If they match the SS profile well, it likely is SS. Coexistence of Sjögren's syndrome with lupus, is also possible. However, the good news-possibly- is that because of your hypothyroid diagnosis, there's a chance that your SS or Lupus might be treatable (normally there's no effective treatment for it other than maintenance drugs), in the event that your hypothyroid is at least partially unresolved and directly linked to your suspected SS/lupus symptoms, including the butterfly rash! Poof! This was a long sentence. So here's what I would suggest you do. Low thyroid function, even if you are on thyroid meds/supplements, will be indicated by doing Dr Barnes Basal Temperature Test. Just do an online search for it and follow the simple instructions precisely! Conventional serum Thyroid testing is not necessarily accurate, nor indicative of cellular thyroid function and every cell of the body has thyroid receptors. In the event the thyroid hormones do not enter the cells, what good will the "normal" serum levels do??? IF I were you, hmm, what would I do-besides the above test? Probably I would ask my primary care doctor to increase the dose gradually-hopefully you're on natural desiccated thyroid-according to symptoms and of course if your temp. test indicates low thyroid function. After some tweaking for a few weeks, the dosing will be matched better to what your actual thyroid needs are and the side benefit might be  a gradual resolution of your SS/Lupus symptoms. The butterfly rash is very characteristic and I could spot it easily from across the room. It is unlikely caused by sun exposure. Just do a comparison with online images. Look for red or purplish colors, lightly scaly and in the shape of a butterfly. I cannot tell you to avoid gluten since you are Celiac's and you already know this very well, however, make sure you have a complete list printed of all the "illegal" foods and products. Gluten is often included in products nobody suspects like playdough, shampoo, stamps, many cosmetic creams etc. But I can tell you to avoid cross-reactive foods with gluten, which could be anything your immune system reacts to the same as gluten, because of similarity in the molecules. Dairy is tops at almost 50% of all celiac's. You may want to do Dr.Coca's Pulse test, which will indicate which foods/drinks your immune system may treat as offensive. It's a free download and it takes a week to complete, however, there's a fast version, perhaps not as accurate, but quite acceptable. If interested, I can dig it out and send it to you. Oh I think I have it saved here somewhere. Dr. Cocoa's Pulse Test (simplified version)Just sit in a chair and come to rest for about 5 minutes. Take your pulse for a full 1 minute (not the 15 sec. multiply by 4 thing). Then put whatever you want to test in your mouth and chew it for 30 seconds. If a liquid, just swish. Then take your pulse again. If you find it is faster by 6 beats, you are allergic or have a sensitivity to it. If you have type “O” blood, use 4 beats as the criteria instead of 6. It’s that simple! I hope this helps, however, please note that my suggestions and comments do not constitute medical advice. Let me know if you need any further details. Best wishes. Niko
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thinking about switching psyc

My first rule: Any doc who doesn't listen, I don't like, or doesn't meet my needs gets kicked to the curb..  A policy that is harder since our health plans that are available are more limited. What about wellbutrin though?  I am a little sensitive to most (read almost every non antibiotic drug) but I have been doing well with the wellbutrin XL 150 and a wellbutrin 75 at lunch.  
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