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5 Htp Warnings And Recalls
5 HTP: Not advisable. You should consult with your prescribing doctor about medication changes. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Yes: These should be fine together.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Yes: That would be fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Yes, it is o.K if you have any medical conditions check with your physician. ...Read more
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
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
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
On 10mg Lex. Take 1-300mg 5-htp in am & 1 in pm. Trying to taper off Lex. Should I take less 5-htp & only go up when I taper. Also take tryptophan.
Do not taper: On your own. Please consult your prescribing physician. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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