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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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? Im having a hard time finding something that helps me. All other meds I've been on i get bad side effects or depression.
Fibromyalgia : 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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
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