Combining a medication like NyQuil that contains dextromethorphan with an SSRI medication like Zoloft can cause a serious drug interaction called serotonin syndrome. SSRI drugs, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are commonly given to patients to help with depression. According to Medline Plus, the FDA has requested that SSRI drug manufacturers include label warnings about serotonin syndrome.Continue Reading
According to the Mayo Clinic, serotonin levels in the body greatly increase as a result of taking certain medications. Serotonin is a chemical produced naturally by the body that helps the brain and nerve cells function. However, when too much serotonin accumulates it causes mild to severe reactions that may require emergency medical treatment.
Symptoms of serotonin syndrome include agitation, diarrhea, fever, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hallucinations, coordination difficulties, excessive sweating, shivering, nausea and vomiting. The syndrome is more likely to occur after taking a new drug or increasing a drug dosage. Anyone experiencing symptoms of this syndrome should seek immediate medical attention. Left untreated, the syndrome can be life threatening. With closely monitored hospital treatment the symptoms can disappear within 24 hours. Doctors may recommend remaining in the hospital for a couple of days for observation.
Mixing cold and sleep medicines with medications classified as SSRI or SNRI is very dangerous.Learn more about Drug Interactions
The maker of NyQuil, Vicks, does not recommend using any of its products after the specified expiration date on the product's packaging. Vicks recommends that expired products are properly disposed of, and Vicks suggests that consumers noticing expired products on store shelves should bring the product to store personnel attention right away. In addition, Vicks asks that consumers always check the expiration date on its products before purchase.Full Answer >
Symptoms of a NyQuil overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, confusion, flushing, fatigue, seizures, hallucinations, stomach ache, loss of coordination and agitation, states WebMD. NyQuil liquid includes four active ingredients: acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine and pseudoephedrine, according to Drugs.com. These ingredients treat symptoms of colds, allergies and respiratory infections.Full Answer >
According to MedlinePlus, if you miss a dose of Zoloft, it should be taken as soon as you remember it. However, if it is close to the time of the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped and you should resume the regular dosage schedule. A double dose of Zoloft should never be taken to make up for a missed dose.Full Answer >
Zoloft is not a monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or MAOI, according to WebMD. Zoloft belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which work by affecting the way the body's chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, work.Full Answer >