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L Tryptophan Vs 5 Htp Depression
Neither: Frankly, there is little evidence that either chemical treats depression. Both substances may get absorbed from the intestine, but they don't change brain levels of serotonin. Even if they did, depression is much more complicated than 'low serotonin'. Many people get a placebo boost from taking such products, double blind studies don't show them to be effective. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Take 60mg of Propranolol ER, 400-800mg of chelated magnesium with malic acid, both for my daily chronic migraines, and 10, 000 IU of Vitamin D3 once a week. Is L-Tryptophan safe to use for depression?
Yes: Yes it is safe in usual doses. Check brainmood. Blogspot. Com ...Read more
I am struggling with anxiety, panic attacks insomnia and depression although I don't know what triggered it, maybe stress at work? This has not happened to me before. My Dr prescribed tryptophan to help sleep and told me to take vit d. Tryptophan made me
May need more: It sounds like your symptoms are recent and reactive and that your doctor suggested an initial approach. Another supplement which helps with sleep is melatonin. However, I would check with your doctor about this. If your, symptoms persist, you may want to speak with a therapist about stress management. In addition, your doctor can prescribe an antidepressant if all of these options don't solve ...Read more
Beware long term use: No scientific evidence that these herbal supplements are useful against psychosocial stressors. In fact, a 2007 Canadian study warned against the effects of long term use. No shortcut here, so better to exercise, relaxation technique and prescription if necessary. ...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
Not so simple: Stimulating different 5ht receptors will have different effects. 5ht1a receptors will alleviate depression and anxiety. 5ht2a and c may induce anxiety. 5-htp stimulates all those receptors. Regardless, I agree that it's pointless to take 5-htp at all. It is unlikely to treat depression or anxiety any better than a sugar pill. Serotonin isn't the only answer and it's an incomplete one at that. ...Read more
Probably not: This has been studied, and 5-htp, the precursor for serotonin, is sold in healthfood stores for this purpose. The idea is to flood the body and brain with precursor to increase serotonin (or with tyrosine, norepinephrine), having the same effect as getting an antidepressant. Problem is, you flood the whole body, not just specific parts of the brain, so lots of se not much specific benefits. ...Read more
Can I try 5 HTP in morning for depression if I take a 50mg of Tramadol in early afternoon? Thank you.
No! - Advise against: There's a serious interaction of increased risk of serotonin syndrome and that's not a good thing. "Trying" to find ways to feel better is a wonderful idea. But the ways that involve powerful chemicals are not for D.I.Y. (I'm not comfortable even when pros do it.) Search for changes in daily/social routines, scenes. Consider a new leisure activity, etc. Therapy support can really help. Be careful! ...Read more
Which natural depression remedy is better st john's work. 5 htp or sam e for getting off methamphetimes?
Need recovery progrm: Getting of meth - or any drug - is best done by being in a recovery program. Chemicals will not get you off chemicals. Addiction is a disease of disconnection. Recovery is generally not possible on your own, support from others who have been there is crucial. Try aa, na, lifering, sos, and treatment programs in your area. Also, it is important to abstain from all drugs, including alcohol. ...Read more
No go.: 5-htp is a precursor to tryptophan the Amino Acid used to create serotonin. The national institute of health recommends not to use 5-htp until more is known. 5-htp might be unsafe. Some people who have taken it have come down with eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (ems), a serious condition involving extreme muscle tenderness (myalgia) and blood abnormalities (eosinophilia). ...Read more
Wondering if I should try 5 htp for depression I am currently taking black cohosh but I am getting off of it. I just had partial hysterectomy 6wks ago?
Why not a med?: Precursors aren't very effective $ there are many safe effective medicines. ...Read more
Does 5-htp help fibromyelgia patients? If so, how does it help? I'm having a hard time finding something that helps me. All other meds I've been on I get bad side effects or depression.
Fibromyalgia, sometimes is not a simple disease to treat, a lot of excersice could help, the more exercise the better it works. 5 htp is an over the counter food product, not a medication, that like many claim results in many areas, depresion, fibromyalgia and many other. I am not an expert on these products and believe that fibromyalgia is a medical condition that requieres medical care.
If none of the medication worked, increse exercise progresively until control, try yoga and thai chi. ...Read more
Do the supplements 5-HTP and L-TYROSINE affect the birth control pill? I am on levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) ED. I'm taking the supplements due to my anxiety and depression.
Ask your OB: I don't see these meds on the contraindication list for this combination pill, but I think the prescribing doctor should have explained what to avoid if you told them what medications you are currently taking. Just to make sure, ask the prescribing OB GYN if this is alright ...Read more
What is your experience with patients with mild/moderate depression using 5-htp for treatment? I am taking 100mg & plan to slowly increase to 200mg
5-HTP for depression:
5-HTP is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-Tryptophan
5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing production of Serotonin, an important hormone for regulating mood.
It can be helpful in mild depression.
For Moderate Depression, See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis; discuss Therapy, 5-HTP and other medications for depression, their benefits and side effects. ...Read more
I've been wrestling with depression for five years now. Is there anything I can do to help ease my depression?
Any treatment?: In this wrestling with depression, what treatment have you had? Are you using medications, alcohol, or other substances? Have you had a general physical checkup? There are good treatments for depression -- both medications if needed, as well as talk therapies that are effective. On your own, regular aerobic exercise, consistent sleep, and connecting with others will help. See your doc! ...Read more
I take a daily 60mg dose of duloxetine (cymbalta) for depressions and have done so for five years. I would now like to come off it. Any advice?
Taper off: Slowly under medical supervision.Get a more detailed answer ›
Five years ago, I was suffering from depression, and took Paroxetine for about half a year, then recovery. A month ago, it seem to relapse, but is not serious. I have take Lumiday for two weeks, it is useful for me. Now I have a question. Can I take Lu
Daily? No proof: Lumiday is a dietary supplement marketed in States for natural mood enhancement. However, unlike prescription & OTC medications, there is no requirement to prove safety & effectiveness prior to selling product. So your guess is as good as mine. Better yet, go see your Family Doc or whoever prescribed Paroxetine 5yrs ago. Ask for referral for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is as good as drugs ...Read more
Can I commit myself to a hospital at 15 if I'm suicidal and have been dealing with severe depression for five years?
Suicidal: I am very glad that you recognize your need for help. Talk to your parents or guardians to take you to the hospital to get the help you need. You will be proud of yourself for having done that. ...Read more
I do masturbate four to five times in a week. If not do I fell restless, boring. And after masturbate I suffer from anxiety, depression. What can I do? ..
Be careful: You may be setting up bad "sexual" habits, as it appears that you are using sex/masturbation as a means of addressing stress/anxiety. This can make future sexual relationships difficult. You should seek help from your doctor as they may be able to set you up with a therapist that can work to help you develop alternative coping mechanisms. ...Read more
Can propranolol cause depression been on it five weeks and feel terrible I was put on it for ectopic heart beats?
Am I better off hiding the real extent of my psychiatric problems from psychiatrists? I've had major depression for much of my life, including a few hospitalizations. After a suicide attempt five years ago, my then-psychiatrist asked me to seek psychiatri
Full disclosure of your history is key to successful treatment. Be completely honest with your doctor about your past, your issues with previous doctors, and what you think went wrong. Hopefully the doctor will be able to sort through all the issues and come up with an appropriate treatment plan; if not then ask for a direct referral to someone who can help you.
All the best. ...Read more
Took 20mg of prednisone for five days. I have bipolar and it threw me into a deep depression. How long will effects last before it is out of system?
As long as weeks: Unless you abruptly stop it and/or utilize appropriate medications to alleviate the depression - antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, or even brief trial of an antidepressant. Even then it may be prolonged. If you were not aware of it you may want to try any other available option in treatment in the future knowing you have this susceptibility. Also, inform your md of your reaction and diagnosis. ...Read more
If after five years of treatment for depression my lack of concentration persists over and over again. Could it be adhd?
Lack of concentratio: Further evaluation to confirm/rule out the cause can warrant further interventions. ...Read more
We hv been trying to conceive since five months but vain I have retroverted uterus please suggest anything ill die with depression please help?
Please don't worry: We don't start to get concerned until a couple have been 'trying' to conceive for a year. See tips and pearls re getting pregnant. If not pregnant after 1 yr, see your ob-gyn or a specialist in infertility. Male's sperm count will be checked first, then u will undergo several tests to check your uterus, tubes and ovaries. If u r menstruating regularly, you are ovulating regularly. Good luck. ...Read more
I have suffered from generalized anxiety syndrome and depression. For years. I was on Paxil for 12 years symptom free, but because of weight gain was put on Zoloft five years ago, which gave up after 2 years. Then Lexapro, which worked for only 1 year,
Additional info need: Your question was cut off. I assume you are under the care of a psychiatrist. It may be helpful to consult with another provider if you feel you need a second opinion. Also, therapy is very helpful talking through your concerns. ...Read more
What to do if I'm feeling good while I do it and for like five seconds after but then I get all depressed. What's up?
Levothyroxin 50 five days a week and other 2 days 75. Still feeling depressed and my memory is shot... I can't remember things I'm being taught in school. .. Have autoimmune disease/ hypothyroidism been on meds for 7 months. What should I do I'm lost dr
See psychiatrist: You mention being treated for hypothyroidism and autoimmune problems, but if you're also depressed the levothyroxin alone will not completely resolve your symptoms. I don't know other medicines you might be taking as well, but please consider seeing a psychiatrist to review these and your own symptoms. S/he may be able to help you over the depression hump. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Extreme cramps 3 days before I bleed happens every month. I'm so tired and depressed I'm always out of it for at least 4 to five days. I thought I had fibroids or cysts just left the doctor yesterday she found nothing... so lost I am vegan been vegan for
Primary dysmenorrhea: If your gyn exam and pelvic sonogram are normal, your most likely diagnosis is "primary dysmenorrhea", a bizarre condition of unclear cause often attributed by excess or abnormal prostaglandins produced by your endometrium. A 3 months trial of continuous contraceptive pills and/ or antiprostaglandin pills like ibuprofen, anaprox, naproxen, mefenamic acid; laparoscopy and other tests may help too. ...Read more
Not optimal: It is not a standard treatment and falls in the category of alternative medicine, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but not necessarily a good thing either. It can increase anxiety. If your depression is severe enough to affect your functioning (work, relationships. Etc.) or cause significant distress, see a mental health professional for an assessment and develop a meaningful treatment plan. ...Read more
Tryptophan is an amino acid. It is the precursor to the production of serotonin. The GI system will convert tryptophan to 5 hydroxytrptophan to cross the blood brain barrier and then convert the 5htp into serotonin. It does many other things in the body, but this is what it ...Read more