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Caffeine depleted my serotonin levels and melatonin levels causing me to have anxiety. What natutal supplements can I take?

Caffeine depleted my serotonin levels and melatonin levels causing me to have anxiety. What natutal supplements can I take?

Assessment 1st: What you take depends on what the problem is, & what result you want. Before trying more supplements, it would make sense to see your doctor for assessment of the "derealization" and insomnia you mentioned in your additional patient information. These may be connected to more complicated conditions, and need specialized treatment for best results. Hoping for the best possible outcome for you! ...Read more

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Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating ...Read more


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I overdosed on caffeine before i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I can't sleep. Could it be my serotonin levels and melatonin levels dropped?

I overdosed on caffeine before i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I can't sleep. Could it be my serotonin levels and melatonin levels dropped?

Partly.: Caffeine itself can be the culprit for your insomnia. Hypothyroidism can cause depression which can lower your serotonin level and can contribute to your insomnia. Melatonin is a diet supplement that can improve the quality of your sleep. In the winter time when we have less exposure to sunlight, our melatonin level can go down which contributes to the winter blues and insomnia. ...Read more

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My 14 yr old son who is takes 40 mg of Vyvanse & 20 mg of Lexapro a day, wants to take a GNC product for weightlifting and the the product if called muscle tech anabolic halo hardcore proseries (post workout) and contains some creatine, caffeine, phenylal

My 14 yr old son who is takes 40 mg of Vyvanse & 20 mg of Lexapro a day, wants to take a GNC product for weightlifting and the the product if called muscle tech anabolic halo hardcore proseries (post workout) and contains some creatine, caffeine, phenylal

Be Careful: Since both vyvanse and Lexapro have strong effects on the brain's neurotransmitters (norpramine, serotonin , etc) and different requirements for brain enzymes to deal with these drugs i would not take supplements that include creatine and others. Vitamins are generally safe and effective. Stay away from other nutritional products until your doctor can tell you whether they are safe to take. ...Read more

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Does coffee affects the levels of serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine ?

Does coffee affects the levels of serotonin,  noradrenaline and dopamine ?

Yes: The caffeine in coffee blocks Adenosine receptors, which when activated make you tired and sleepy. This blockade also affects all major neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin -- and in high doses, norepinephrine too. Dopamine effects are not in the exact same regions of the brain that other addictive substances affect, though. ...Read more

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Would luvox normally be considered the last choice for ocd-after others have failed--the caffeine interaction is a real turnoff?

Would luvox normally be considered the last choice for ocd-after others have failed--the caffeine interaction is a real turnoff?

Depends: The key to successful medications for ocd is a high dose of medication affecting serotonin. Commonly this is done with an ssri like sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine, or fluvoxamine. Other hooves include tricyclics like clomipramine or even amitriptylene. Finding one that works for a specific person is a complex clinical issue best decided between patient and clinician. ...Read more

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Why does caffeine make me shake and make me feel terrible physically and mentally?

Why does caffeine make me shake and make me feel terrible physically and mentally?

Stimulant: Adenosine suppresses activity in the central nervous system. Caffeine antagonizes Adenosine & increases acetylcholine, epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, glutamate, norepinephrine, cortisol (& inhibits gaba at higher doses). Inhibitors r blocked, stimulators r enhanced. ...Read more

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What are the effects of caffeine?

What are the effects of caffeine?

Stimulant: Caffeine's effects often depend on the individual. For some people, it can provide energy, focus, and alertness. In others, and especially at higher concentrations, it can cause jitteriness, problems sleeping, and palpitations. With repetitive use, you may become tolerant to caffeine, meaning its effects are reduced over time. ...Read more

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How long does caffeine stay in your system?

How long does caffeine stay in your system?

Depends: Depends on size and age of the person, and what else is in the system, but the half life is 3 to 12 hours. ...Read more

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