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I take an SSRI daily (escitalopram 10mg). I just recently

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Hi I take an SSRI daily (escitalopram 10mg) . I just recently had some teeth pulled and the Dr gave me tramadol for the pain; I took 100mg the day of the surgery on Tuesday and then 150mg yesterday. This morning I had an episode of what I think was serotonin syndrome; panic, dizziness, nausea, extreme anxiety, suicidal thoughts and weakness. I feel better now but will this persist and can I take my regular dose of escitalopram tonight?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DIEGO BONILLA replied 1 year ago.

Hi there

This is Dr. Diego, experienced in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care.

I understand your concerns. The combination of tramadol and escitalopram is known to increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. Agitation, anxiety plus muscular problems are common. You should stop tramadol and take tylenol until you contact the practitioner who prescribed tramadol. He can switch to a different pain killer and avoid the risky combination of tramadol with your SSRI. Let me know if you have any other questions. Please rate my answer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm in no more pain so I don't need the Tramadol, but I want to know if I should continue w/ my SSRI and how long will the symptoms linger?
Expert:  DIEGO BONILLA replied 1 year ago.

Tha half life of tramadol is between 6-9 hours and the half life of escitalopram is between 24 to 32 hours. As long as your last dose of tramadol was over 32 hours apart from escitalopram you can take your medication. Since you mentioned that your last dose was yesterday, you can take your medication tomorrow. Your symptoms shouldn't last more than 32 hours in the worst scenario.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Took two tries to answer the question. But you got it on the second try.
Expert:  DIEGO BONILLA replied 1 year ago.

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