Signs and symptoms include:
- Agitation or restlessness.
- Rapid heart rate and high blood pressure.
- Dilated pupils.
- Loss of muscle coordination or twitching muscles.
- Muscle rigidity.
- Heavy sweating.
What does serotonin feel like?
Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression. Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. It is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. There may be a link between serotonin and depression.
How do you get serotonin syndrome?
Treatment may include:
- Benzodiazepine medicines, such as diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan) to decrease agitation, seizure-like movements, and muscle stiffness.
- Cyproheptadine (Periactin), a drug that blocks serotonin production.
- Intravenous (through the vein) fluids.
- Withdrawal of medicines that caused the syndrome.
Can too much serotonin cause anxiety?
SSRIs increase the level of serotonin in the brain, resulting in decreased anxiety and inhibition of panic attacks. However, if serotonin levels increase too much, a serious medical condition called serotonin syndrome may result. Serotonin is one of these chemical messengers.
Can you test your serotonin levels?
While there is a test that measures serotonin in your blood, it’s generally only used to check for serotonin-producing tumors outside of the brain. Also, blood serotonin levels don’t necessarily reflect the levels in your brain. Steer clear of neurotransmitter urine tests that are available online.