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What are the effects of 5-htp pills?

What are the effects of 5-htp pills?

Multiple: 5-htp dietary supplements help raise serotonin levels in the brain. Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, 5-htp may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation. ...Read more

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What can interact with 5-htp?

What can interact with 5-htp?

Anti-depressants: Several medications such as maois and over the counter anti-depressants like st. John's wort can be affected by 5-htp. ...Read more

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Can you take feverfew and 5 htp together?

Can you take feverfew and 5 htp together?

Yes: Where as feverfew need to be avoided with ssris due to effects on platelets, & 5htp need to be avoided with ssris, due to an increased risk of seratonin syndrome, (too much seratonin in the system) there appear to be no interaction between the two. ...Read more

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Is it ok if i take Sam-e and 5-HTP together?

Is it ok if i take Sam-e and 5-HTP together?

Probably safe but...: There's no research on this but it's probably safe to take these together, in fact I'd expect a synergistic benefit. SAMe appears to increase serotonin levels; 5-HTP does that too so theoretically one might raise serotonin too much, but this is unlikely unless very high doses are taken. I would not start both together but take one for at least 3 weeks, then add the other, starting with low doses. ...Read more

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Can i take st. Johns wort and 5-htp together?

NO: They accentuate each other. Speak to a physician before starting either one. Exercise may be better. ...Read more

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What happens if I smoke k2 while taking 5-htp?

You will see Darwin: K2 has emerged as a seriously dangerous illicit drug. I strongly recommend against using K2. We have seen too many people develop severe reactions and abnormal behaviors on K2 for which they are criminally responsible for. Nancy was right on this one. Just say no. ...Read more

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I was recently taking 5-HTP, 50mg, 2x a day for about 2 weeks. I stopped 3 days ago and wonder if it would be ok to start again on SSRI this weekend?

I was recently taking 5-HTP, 50mg, 2x a day for about 2 weeks. I stopped 3 days ago and wonder if it would be ok to start again on SSRI this weekend?

Unknown: There has never been a case of serotonergic syndrome in humans reported with combined use. Mice are not so lucky
Unfortunately a formal study has not been undertaken in humans. I'd wait another week just to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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What are 5-htp supplements used for?

What are 5-htp supplements used for?

Depression: This is a precursor to serotonin. Taking 5-htp is a way to try to raise serotonin levels in the brain. Medicines like Prozac and zoloft (sertraline) attempt to do the same thing by stopping the body from breaking down the serotonin that's already there. The medicines work by a "less out" method. 5-htp works by a "more in" method. More scientific evidence is needed to determine how well it works. ...Read more

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Is 5 htp an alternative for ssri antidepressants?

5HTP vs SSRI's: People are intrigued with 5-htp because it can be decarboxylated to serotonin, a neurotransmitter with many important functions. There are some studies suggesting it can help with depression, especially combined with l-tyrosine. 5htp can certainly cause GI distress like ssri's can. However, there isn't enough evidence to say it equals ssri antidepressants in treating depression. 200-300mg/day. ...Read more

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Does 5=htp work?

Does 5=htp work?

Yes: 5-htp can help boost brain serotonin levels. Usual doses are 50-100 mg about three times a day. ...Read more

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Can I take 50 mg of 5-HTP with 10 mg nortryptilene?

5 HTP: Not advisable. You should consult with your prescribing doctor about medication changes. ...Read more

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How long does it take 5 htp to get out of your system?

Well...: since it is normally present, it won't get out of the body. The body would make more. Assuming you've actually found some and the label is correct and taken it and it has gotten in in amounts that are noticeably higher than normally present.... it is cleared fairly rapidly like an amino acid and likely not even one day. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about 5-htp? Is it effective. .Are their risks or concerns?

What can you tell me about 5-htp? Is it effective. .Are their risks or concerns?

Not recommended: This is an intermediate substance in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin and melatonin.
Studies have been inconclusive regarding safety and efficacy, and may serotonin-increasing meds are already widely used, such as prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, etc, and these drugs have an enormous amount of usage success.
See your doctor for further evaluation of mood disturbance. ...Read more

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I have been taking Effexore XR 75 for about ten years now and I am going through a difficult time in my life now; have no drive. Can I take 5 HTP too?

I have been taking Effexore XR 75 for about ten years now and I am going through a difficult time in my life now; have no drive. Can I take 5 HTP too?

Need professional Rx: 5HTP has side effects, some of which are serious. If you are not scurrectly seeing a mental health professional, you need a referral to see one. Whether cognitive therapy or new medicines or a combination is needed, management needs to be directed by a physician experienced in the area ...Read more

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Can 5 HTP help burn the fat?

Can 5 HTP help burn the fat?

Fat burners of: Any kind are minimally helpful. I have not seen that % HTP helps burn fat. Green Tea and its extract called EGCG does but again, minimally. Lifestyle changes are essential and helpful. See "Disease Proof" book by Katz. Pease and good health. ...Read more

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Any interaction between 5-htp and welbutrin?

Any interaction between 5-htp and welbutrin?

Wellbutrin (bupropion): 5htp is otc not fda approved believed to increase serotonin, wellbutrin (bupropion) predominantly increases dopamine, not much interaction but you can never be sure. ...Read more

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Is 5-htp and l-tyrosine the same or different?

Is 5-htp and l-tyrosine the same or different?

Different: 5htp is a precursor of serotonin, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. L-tyrosine is a precursor of the dopaminergic neurotransmitters Epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are stimulatory neurotransmitters. Although both 5htp and l-tyrosine may act as anti-depressants, they act in completely different ways. 5htp is best taken at bedtime; l-tyrosine should be taken in the am or during the day. ...Read more

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Can i take 5 htp for caffeine induced anxiety?

Can i take 5 htp for caffeine induced anxiety?

Stop the caffeine: If the anxiety is caused by caffeine, it is best to stop using it. 5 htp is not a quick onset supplement for anxiety. It has to be taken daily and will gradually build up to a therapeutic level in your body which can take weeks. If you are prone to anxiety, it is best just to stay away from the caffeine. If you are having serious physical symptoms from the caffeine. You should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take 5-HTP along with Effexor (venlafaxine)?

Can I take 5-HTP along with Effexor (venlafaxine)?

Bad idea!: This combo has a fairly high risk for a very bad problem known as serotonin syndrome. Talk to your Dr. Don't start to take them on your own but if they've been prescribed and you've already started, don't just stop cold turkey. Get to a Dr as soon as possible to help correct this. ...Read more

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Safe to combine 5-htp with pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Safe to combine 5-htp with pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Agree w Dr. Cho: This combination may increase risk of Serotonin Syndroem. Don't recommend. ...Read more

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Is 5-htp and l-tyrosine the same thing or different?

Different: These are Amino Acids that the body uises in ver specific ways. Unbalanced use of these Amino Acid have the ability to do far more harm than good. They really should only be managed by physicians who are fully aware of how to use them properly. ...Read more

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Can I take a certain mg of 5-HTP with Lexapro (escitalopram) 15 mg?

Can I take a certain mg of 5-HTP with Lexapro (escitalopram) 15 mg?

Triptan & SSRI: Hi, it can be taken with caution, as combo might increase the risk of Serotonin syndrome. ...Read more

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I’ve bought 5-HTP tablets to help with anxiety and stress. Is this safe?

I’ve bought 5-HTP tablets to help with anxiety and stress. Is this safe?

5-HTP: I am not a medical doctor -so take what I say with that in mind. I would not suggest taking the 5-HTP. We never really know how much of these supplements are comprised of the active ingredients on their labels. If 5-HTP is supposed to increase Serotonin, and you are not deficient in that neural transmitter, it could cause more anxiety. Speak to your PCP. If you need help let them prescribe a med. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take trazodone 50 mg at bedtime and 5-htp 100 mg for day time around 8 am?

Is it ok to take trazodone 50 mg at bedtime and 5-htp 100 mg  for day time around 8 am?

Yes: This is a bit tricky because both trazodone and 5-HTP increase serotonin levels and thus, high doses of these together could lead to serotonin syndrome, a dangerous condition. However, 50 mg is a very moderate dose of trazodone and 100 mg of 5-HTP is not a high dose, so this might have an effect similar to increasing trazodone to 75 mg or so which is a safe dose. ...Read more