A 26-year-old male asked:
i'm going through a very stressful time now, work overnights & have a hardtime sleeping. i have epilepsy, been seizure free for 8 years now & i'm taking keppra (levetiracetam) & topamax can i take 5-htp to help?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Thomas Namey answered
48 years experience Rheumatology
Yes.: There should be no adverse interaction!
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Insomnia!: 5-htp or melatonin might help, unless otherwise recommended by your doctor. Also, sleep hygiene is worth try.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. John Baker answered
14 years experience Neurology
Sleep: It is always best to start managing trouble sleeping without medication, such as by entertaining yourself to fall asleep, adjusting sleep hygiene (no exercise/fluids/food within 2 hrs of sleep; no caffeine in pm, regular schedule 7 days/week). If trying a sleep med, especially with epilepsy, i recommend using prescription meds due to our knowledge of their ingredients compared to otc supplements.
Answered on Apr 21, 2013
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