The serotonin syndrome (SS) represents a life-threatening adverse drug reaction, caused by serotonin overload in the central and peripheral nervous system, producing autonomic instability, neuromuscular and cardiovascular abnormalities, and cognitive alterations. The incidence of SS has been growing over the last few years, as a consequence of population aging and the steadily increasing use of pro-serotoninergic agents in clinical practice, in the presence of various comorbidities, mainly cardiovascular. Cardiologists often use combination therapies including serotoninergic agents, and should therefore consider the risk of serotoninergic adverse events caused by inappropriate drug interactions. SS is often difficult to diagnose and may be life-threatening if not adequately managed. Considering the several published case reports of overdose or not recommended associations, a greater awareness by clinicians about the potential risks associated with inappropriate use of these drugs is needed, as well as better information on the clinical features and therapeutic approaches to SS.
|Translated title of the contribution||Serotonin syndrome: Why even the cardiologist should know (and fear)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine