A 32-year-old female asked:
my body temp was 101.5 and i had sweating and heart palpitations 1.5 months after epidural steroid injection with 8 year history of zoloft (sertraline) use. is this serotonin syndrome?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Joseph Eastern answered
43 years experience Dermatology
No.: We doctors have a saying: "when you hear hoofbeats, don't think of zebras." in other words, common things occur much more commonly than rare things. Serotonin syndrome is rare, and typically occurs immediately after taking a drug, not 1.5 months later. The most likely cause of a fever and palpitations is a viral illness. Let your doctor examine you, to put your mind at ease.
Answered on Dec 8, 2012
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