PSA for cold/flu season!

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Tumblr user hxhaunt:

hm so psa bc i didn’t know this, it’s not common knowledge, and flu season is around:

apparently you aren’t supposed to take dextromethorphan (a common cough suppressant. it’s in stuff like cough syrup, mucinex dm, tylenol severe cold) with sertraline (aka zoloft, the antidepressant) bc it has the risk of causing Serotonin Syndrome, which is not as fun as the name suggests. i’m not a doctor but like, avoid drug interactions bc they can be serious.

remember to read labels guys aaa

Tumblr user kurapikawithagun:

Not just sertraline, any SSRI or SNRI. Serotonin syndrome can kill you. When I was younger and on a lot of medication, a dose of cough medicine landed me in the ER. Always check potential interactions here before taking anything with antidepressants, even if it’s over-the-counter.

Tumblr user chronicreality:

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ask a pharmacist. Do not rely on quick googling or websites because ingredients in things change too often. Just call your pharmacy real quick and ask if X over the counter medicine will interact with your prescriptions. Not to mention Drug A and OTC Drug B might have no interaction until you add Drug C so just googling interactions isn’t enough if you’re on multiple medications.