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Posted by undopaminergic on April 11, 2023, at 10:34:33

In reply to Re: To SLS Roslynn, posted by SLS on April 10, 2023, at 21:09:03

> Theoretically, taking two drugs that increase serotonin neurotransmission - even if they have different mechanisms - have the potential to cause Serotonin Syndrome.

Not "even", but "especially", because of the potential for synergistic effects, as in the case of MAOI+SSRI. SSRI+SSRI would be merely additive, and moreover, there is a peak of 100% reuptake inhibition which is insufficient to cause life-threatening serotonin toxicity. Venlafaxine (Effexor), however, seems to be more potent in elevating serotonin according to Gillman; he speculates that it may have serotonin-releasing properties.

> > Or can you taper Effexor while starting up Serzone?
> I doubt doing that would reduce any risks.

Tapering would allow you time to notice early signs of serotonin toxicity, so that you can stop tapering, and if necessary, reduce the dose.





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