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Serotonin Syndrome: Dangers of mixing SSRIs with MDMA

Serotonin Syndrome: Dangers of mixing SSRIs with MDMA

The more widely used a drug is doesn’t mean it’s any safer to consume. This misconception has lead to many accidental overdoses and deaths. MDMA is a popular party drug that comes in different forms. “Molly” is pure MDMA crystals, and “ecstasy” is cut with either meth or other substances to create a pressed tablet.

These tablets usually have different shapes and colors with logos or images pressed into them. Both are powerful, popular stimulants that provide feelings of euphoria and boundless energy. However, these commonly used substances aren’t safe for everyone to consume.

Every drug has side effects to watch out for. Many people are aware that dehydration is a common yet serious side effect of these stimulants- but there is another deadly potential side effect. If people are on SSRIs (antidepressants) and take molly or ecstasy, they can develop serotonin syndrome and experience an unpreventable death.

What are SSRIs

As years have gone by, the subject of mental health as a whole has, thankfully, become less taboo. therefore, many Americans take psychiatric medications on a day-to-day basis to help them lead functional and fulfilling lives. Since many people take these drugs on a day-to-day basis along with their vitamins and supplements, they may not keep in mind that interactions may occur when taking other substances.

SSRIs prevent “low” or “depressed” moods by controlling and preventing the influx of serotonin. When using MDMA, then, individuals taking antidepressants may not feel anything. Therefore, in an effort to feel the desired effects of the drug, they may consume more of it. Thus, may potentially lead to Serotonin Syndrome.

What is Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome occurs when too much serotonin has built up in the body. In the cases of it occurring after someone on SSRIs consuming MDMA, it may come on suddenly. Aside from being potentially life-threatening, the symptoms of serotonin syndrome are painful and terrifying.

Initial symptoms of serotonin syndrome include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

Severe developments of serotonin syndrome include:

  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Unresponseiveness
  • Death

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