Monday, July 31, 2006

Depression? Headache? Danger!

Well our friends at the Food and Drug Administration have posted an advisory warning about the mixing of certain antidepressants in the SSRI/SNRI category along with triptans. It turns out that since both have the effect of elevating serotonin, there's a risk of something called "serotonin syndrome."

A few points regarding this advisory:

  • Apparently, this syndrome is pretty serious, but the number of cases is, so far, relatively small.
  • Not all doctors are aware of this, and the drug manufacturers websites don't seem to have been updated yet with details of the advisory (as of earlier this week).
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine) is one of the SNRI drugs that is specifically called out in the advisory, and it so happens that it is also one of the tricyclic antidepressants that is sometimes prescribed as a migraine preventative (hmmm).
If I were taking an SSRI/SNRI and a triptan at the same time, I might really consider scheduling a consult with my headache doc ASAP to see if they wanted me to switch drugs.

Here's a link to the FDA advisory: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/advisory/SSRI_SS200607.htm

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This blog is intended as a journal of my own personal experiences with migraine, and should not be used for any type of self-diagnosis. If you believe that you have a medical condition that needs addressed, please see a doctor.