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Fluoxetine and the serotonin syndrome.

Ruiz F.

Division of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

A 48-year-old man presented to the emergency department with confusion, agitation, diaphoresis, and muscle rigidity after beginning treatment with fluoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. He had discontinued treatment with tranylcypromine, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, 2 weeks earlier. The constellation of findings was diagnostic of the serotonin syndrome.