Recently, I switched antidepressants. While waiting for things to be approved on their side, I couldn’t refill in time. However, I was able to get one-day delivery instead of two in an emergency with SSRIs, which can cause serotonin syndrome.
Amazon Pharmacy offers a convenient and affordable way to get your prescription medications. In addition to its standard two-day delivery, Amazon Pharmacy also offers emergency refills that can be delivered even faster. This is important for people who take SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), a type of medication used to treat depression and anxiety.
Serotonin syndrome is a rare but serious condition that can occur when someone takes too much serotonin. SSRIs increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, so taking too much of these medications can lead to serotonin syndrome. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome can include fever, sweating, shivering, muscle rigidity, tremors, rapid heartbeat, confusion, and seizures. In severe cases, serotonin syndrome can be fatal.
If you are taking an SSRI and you run out of medication, it is critical to call Amazon Pharmacy as soon as possible. They will work with you to get a refill as quickly as possible. In some cases, they may be able to deliver your medication the same day. I recently had to do this and was notified about Amazon Pharmacies Internal note of “critical refills/priority”.
Here are some tips for preventing serotonin syndrome:
Take your SSRI medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not take more than the prescribed dose of your SSRI medication.
Do not take other medications that increase serotonin, such as MAO inhibitors or triptans.
Talk to your doctor about any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements.
If you think you may be experiencing serotonin syndrome, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
If you have one last pill or need to wait two days for normal times, split your dosage in half until your order arrives. This ensures that (for example) if you take 100 mg, you can take 50 mg of the last pill now, and 50 mg of the last pill tomorrow, and get your normal dosage back after that. TALK TO YOUR PRESCRIBER OR DOCTOR BEFORE DOING THIS, AS SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE SENSITIVE TO SSRI CHANGES.
What is Serotonin Syndrome?
Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur when there is too much serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that helps nerve cells communicate with each other. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are a type of medication that increase the amount of serotonin in the brain.
When there is too much serotonin in the body, it can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Muscle rigidity
- Rapid heartbeat
In severe cases, serotonin syndrome can be fatal.
I do hope this helps anyone and everyone who uses Amazon Pharmacy.