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Is it possible for an ssri like sertraline to help someone

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Is it possible for an ssri like sertraline to help someone when depressed to be then hypomanic months later and have it then induce serotonin syndrome?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 4 years ago.

Dr Vikas : Hello ! Thank you for your question, I’m Dr. Vikas (M.D Psychiatry) and I’ll try to help you.
Dr Vikas : SSRI antidepressant can indeed cause hypomania in a patient who is depressed and this is known as antidepressant induced hypomania / mania.
Dr Vikas : Usually Sertraline alone does not cause serotonin syndrome in normally prescribed doses of 50-200 mg per day but when combined with other antidepressant like MAO inhibitor or Tricyclic antidepressant for example can cause serotonin syndrome.
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