So here I am taking my SSRI antidepressant medication. :gulp: As I understand it, the drug keeps what precious little serotonin I already make from being absorbed and metabolized so it continues to bounce around in my synapses and keeps them (and me) nice and happy. Hooray for…oooh! butterflies!
Where was I? Oh. Now let’s say I eat a bunch of 5-HTP which is a dietary supplement that gets metabolized into tryptophan (you know, like the stuff in turkey) and thence into serotonin. Now I have a situation where I am restricting my serotinin reuptake and an increased production of serotonin. (basically, the drain is clogged and the water flow just increased. Pretty soon I’m going to have more serotonin than I know what to do with and I’m going to end up with a medical emergency known as serotonin syndrome. With me so far? Good. Because here’s the question:
Yeah the symptoms sound bad, but what’s it going to feel like? Like a heroin overdose might result arrested respiration and suffocation which would suck big time, but the OD patient really doesn’t notice–would I just be feeling so satisfied that I really don’t care about the potentially lethal reaction in my brains? What’s Serotonin Syndrome feel like?