Precautions and Warnings With SSRIs
Who Should Not Take SSRIs?In general, you should not take an SSRI if you:
- Are allergic to an SSRI, or any of the inactive components used to make SSRIs. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients used to make SSRIs.
- Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. MAOIs include:
- Are taking pimozide (Orap®). Pimozide is a medication used to treat Tourette syndrome and also to prevent hallucinations.
- Are taking thioridazine (Mellaril®), an antipsychotic medication. This warning applies specifically to fluoxetine (Prozac®).
o Cisapride (Propulsid®)o Pimozide (Orap®)o Thioridazine (Mellaril®)
Precautions and Warnings With SSRIs: SummaryThere are several situations where SSRIs should not be taken, along with a number of precautions and warnings people should be aware of with SSRIs. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions for each individual SSRI were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the SSRI warnings and precautions that may apply to you. You can also read about specific warnings and precautions for each individual SSRI by going to the specific drug within the eMedTV Web site.