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What sort of problem is an antidepressant overdose?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
There are many types of antidepressants.
Tricyclics cause tachycardia, shaking, seizures, coma, death. Serotonin inhibitors ie fluoxetine causes few problem including lethargy , but can cause hallucinations, GI symptoms. Overdoses are a serious clue to severe depression and thoughts of suicide and are reasons to strongly advise immediate hospitalization. There are few antidotes.

In brief: Depends
There are many types of antidepressants.
Tricyclics cause tachycardia, shaking, seizures, coma, death. Serotonin inhibitors ie fluoxetine causes few problem including lethargy , but can cause hallucinations, GI symptoms. Overdoses are a serious clue to severe depression and thoughts of suicide and are reasons to strongly advise immediate hospitalization. There are few antidotes.
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Overdose A Red Flag
I assume the question is about intentional overdose.
There are two primary issues when a patient overdoses: why did they overdose and which medication did they take. The later issue must be addressed first due to the potential dangers of various medications. Once you are certain the patient is medically stable, the former issue must be examined. Is the patient suicidal? Is the patient acting out?

In brief: Overdose A Red Flag
I assume the question is about intentional overdose.
There are two primary issues when a patient overdoses: why did they overdose and which medication did they take. The later issue must be addressed first due to the potential dangers of various medications. Once you are certain the patient is medically stable, the former issue must be examined. Is the patient suicidal? Is the patient acting out?
Dr. Robert Woods
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