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should i wait between stopping my anti-depressant and taking the herb l-5-hydroxy tryptophan?

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Dr. Barbara Srur
42 years experience Psychiatry
2 weeks: L-5-hydroxy tryptophan is a precursor (building block) of many neurotransmitters which may be out of balance when a person has depression. To be safe, you should tapper of the antidepressant to avoid side effects. Many times, over the counter "herbs" are not as effective because they are not controlled by the fda and the amount of active ingredients is inconsistent.
Answered on May 30, 2015
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Tryptophan: This is advisable especially if the antidepressant raises your serotonin levels, but do talk to your prescribing doc.
Answered on Jan 6, 2013

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