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what is the definition or description of: serotonin?

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Dr. Jeremy White
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Neurotransmitter: Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating molecule between nerve cells).

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does your serotonin levels affect when you fall asleep?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Sleep chemical: Serotonin is a common brain chemical messenger. It is part of the wake promoting system of the brain. Along with other chemical messengers, it helps keeps us awake during the day. It tends to be less active as we fall asleep, when other sleep promoting chemicals take over.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

Are there any definite known negative side effects to 5-htp or having artificially raised serotonin?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Yes: Anxiety and heart palpitations have been reported with the drug.
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Can lack of seratonan cause one to always feel tired?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Possibly: Although there is no perfect way to test this theory, many studies have shown a relationship to depression and seratonin. Most medications used to treat depression revolve around seratonin levels. Because one of the hallmark findings of depression is fatigue...The answer to your question is that this is a possibility.
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What would happen if your seratonin levels greatly increased in a short period of time?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Feel good: You would probably have a rush sensation in your body.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
SSRI's: Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor are a class of compounds typically used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders.

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