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I want to start taking 500mg of l-tyrosine instead of fluoxetine. anyone tried that?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Tyrosine: It has been used for depression, but not as replacement for antidepressants.
Dr. Ward Dean
Holistic Medicine 44 years experience
Probably not help: L-tyrosine may relieve depression in doses of up to 2, 000 mg per day. However, if fluoxetine was helping, l-tyrosine not likely to help in your case. You would more likely benefit from 5htp or tryptophan. All individual Amino Acids are best taken on an empty stomach for best response.

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