Patient has been on Lexapro for several months, and recently began taking
5 HTP. Is there any danger of a drug interaction?
Yes. You should not take 5HTP while taking Lexapro.
Lexapro is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.(SSRI)
5HTP is converted to serotonin, so medications that increase serotonin, such as the SSRI group of drugs, may increase the risk of developing a rare but serious condition called serotonin syndrome-symptoms include confusion, muscle rigidity, hot flashes, changes in blood pressure and heart rate, and coma.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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