Hi...I have learned the hard way. I know I have posted this before, but I was put on Lexapro for Fibro. I was given sample packs with no inserts of anykind in the blister packages. Took it...got blurred vision, didn't help with the pain and weaned off over the course of 4 months. My doctor gave me no instructions when he handed me this drug. If I hadn't checked the Internet, I wouldn't have even known that you can't stop an SSRI abruptly. However...I stopped at 2.5mgs and after three months still have brain zaps and headaches. I didn't know you were supposed to taper down 1/10 of dosage over the course of a year. (found that on the Lexapro site). I also did not know that you are not supposed to take NSAID's with Lexapro...intestinal and stomach bleeding...which I was treated to also. I will never ever take another drug without researching it first. Doctors only know what the drug rep tells them. This withdrawal is worse than any fibro pain I have ever had. My doctor is shocked that I am having symptoms...then added 'These drugs are a life time committment." So to answer your question...yes...I research everything I am prescribed now. And unfortunately, I rely on my pharmacist for answers now more than I do my doctor!
I was concerned about the serotonin syndrome too. Ask your Dr about it, and what their concerns are.
My Pain Management Dr. told me he had no wories about it even with the amounts of medications I am taking. You can see below that I am taking the whole enchilada when it comes to "Fibro Meds".
I understand your feelings of being confused/iresponsible when it comes to researcing the meds or not. My take is that in doing the research, I am doing due diligence and am letting the Dr's know I am insisting on being involved in my treatment. Even if the Dr tells me I shouldn't be concerned about something, He is seeing that I am taking responsibility for my treatment.