Sunday, January 3, 2021

Mnemonic for LAB evaluations for SSRI overdose


Short mnemonic!

Isolated SSRI overdose = Asx / mild CNS Depression 

If symptomatic SSRI overdose with altered mental status & abnormal physical findings. 

Then Check for “ECG” 

Mnemonic = ECG! 

 = ECG ( As Citalopram & Escitalopram can cause QT prolongation ) 


C = Coingestants (Ethanol , Benzodiazepines, Acetaminophen )& biCarbonate Levels ( assess for Metabolic acidosis ) 

G = Glucose levels ( rule out hypoglycemia as a cause of altered mental status) 

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