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Doctor insights on: 5 Htp Warnings And Recalls

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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I just recently stopped taking 40mg of Celexa. How long do I need to wait before starting 5-htp?

I just recently stopped taking 40mg of Celexa. How long do I need to wait before starting 5-htp?

Wait a week or so: Taking these medications together increases the risk of a serious side effect "serotonin syndrome". Since the half-life of Celexa is about 35 hours, waiting for a week or so will insure that it is out of your system before you take 5-HTP. Check with your doctor to be sure, and let him or her know all the medications and supplements you are taking. ...Read more

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Any oppositions to taking coq10 & 5-htp supplaments together? I have good BP & take cholesterol meds. Really need to improve mood & overall health.

Any oppositions to taking coq10 & 5-htp supplaments together? I have good BP & take cholesterol meds. Really need to improve mood & overall health.

CoQ10: Coq-10 is a good supplement when you are on statin drugs as these medications deplete your own production of coq-10. Coq-10 is "fuel" for your cells. All of your cells are dependent on this. A better alternative is to get ubiquinol, the active form of coq-10. It is better absorbed and more bioactive. Occasionally, it may cause thinning of the blood. Be careful if you are on blood thinners. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start taking 5 htp 100mg for the first time. I wasn't able to find the 50 mg. I'm taking for appetite control! Can I take with prilosec?

Is it ok to start taking 5 htp 100mg for the first time. I wasn't able to find the 50 mg. I'm taking for appetite control! Can I take with prilosec?

Yes: 5-htp will help increase your serotonin which I guess is what you're after to help. 100mg is ok, can slowly increase. I'd suggest adding relora 2 x daily as well as green coffee bean extract but that must be taken at least 30 min prior to each meal to be effective. I'd try to get off the omeprazol - bad stuff long term as far as nutrient absorption. Get a digestive enzyme and probiotic instead! ...Read more

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If I took the pure form of 5 htp 100 mg at 6 am yesterday morning, would it still be in my system? Also, if I want to have a drink tonight if it is still in my system would it interact?

Not significantly: The half-life of 5-HTP is 2.2-7.4 hours (people metabolize it at different rates, but about 12 hours after taking it between about 1-25% of it will still be in your bloodstream, depending on your metabolism. But some is converted to serotonin and that stays in your body awhile to. But most people will feel no effects within 8 hours of taking it. Alcohol will not interact hours after taking it. ...Read more

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Can I take 5-htp with sodium valproate?

Can I take 5-htp with sodium valproate?

Not without: Talking to your medical provider. My guess is that your provider would probably recommend taking a medication vice the 5 -htp. Not sure what you are taking the valproic acid for. If bipolar, may wish to avoid the 5 -htp. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use 5-htp and l-tyrosine together?

5-htp/L-tyrosine: 5-htp raises serotonin levels, while l-tyrosine elevates Dopamine & adrenaline levels. ...Read more

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How does 5 htp affect someone with hypothyroidism?

How does 5 htp affect someone with hypothyroidism?

Go to PCP: 5 htp is a precursor for serotonin. It won't affect your thyroid but it will help alleviate the depression that often accompanies hypothyroidism.Ask your pcp what dose you can take or have CP refer you to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can I take GABA and 5-htp together I'm 18 years old! ?

Can I take GABA and 5-htp together I'm 18 years old! ?

Consider the basics!: To make GABA and 5-htp, 84% of the population requires l-methylfolate, p5p, ; methylcobalamin. If you get those, you actually be able to get to baseline production of dopamine, serotonin, nor-epi, and melatonin. You need those before the others....Start with the raw ingredients that your body needs. You can find out how much you are deficient by being tested for the mthfr 677 ; 1298 genotypes! ...Read more

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Can I take 50mg of 5-htp and 50mg of sertraline together?

Can I take 50mg of 5-htp and 50mg of sertraline together?

Bad idea, Twinkle: 5-HTP has been vastly oversold by people whose enthusiasm far outstrips their knowledge or understanding. Evidence for its efficacy in the treatment of depression is, in fact, very weak. Serotonin synthessis starts with tryptophan. If you consume 5-HTP, all the body does is need less tryptophan. Excess 5-HTP is burned as fuel & excreted, so you can literally hear your money going down the toilet. ...Read more