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Tryptophan Sleep Inducing Substance
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
Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an Amino Acid that can be bought over-the-counter without prescription and helps some people with sleep. It is in high content in some foods such as turkey and high consumption can have the same effect. The research evidence is mixed and it does not meet the criteria of the fda for treatment of sleep problems. However, given that it is generally very safe it is probably worth a try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On amitriptyline 10mg daily for sleep/headaches. Ran out. Took 1500mg 1dose tryptophan 24hrs after to sleep. Risk of SS? Scared now n trying to sleep!
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
Melatonin: The main hormone associated with sleep is melatonin. Melatonin production decreases with age and with night shift work. Melatonin supplements can help improve sleep difficulties. Progesterone is also beneficial for sleep in that it increases gaba receptors in the brain that help you stay calm and improve sleep. ...Read more
I'm coming off a meth bender and haven't slept in a few days, will NyQuil help me sleep even though it expired 3 months or so ago?
I have nothing else sleep inducing. Thanks.
Dont use any other: substances, including street drugs, OTC meds, or alcohol after a meth bender (unless a medication is specifically prescribed to you by an MD who is aware of your meth use, and still advises taking the med). I know you're probably feeling awful right now, but adding even OTC medications to the mix only increases medical risk, & wont make you feel better ;(Think about treatment for substance use. ...Read more
Can a grasto intestinal md prescribe you sleep inducing med if he feels needed ? Mine did he also gave me a better version of alprazolam...
GI doctors: Gastroenterologists are subspecialists of internal medicine who specialize in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. They have completed 4 years of medical school, 3 years of internal medicine residency training program, became board certified in internal medicine, and completed a 3 year fellowship training program in gastroenterology. Gi doctors can prescribe sleep meds if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tryptophan : 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 is most known for. ...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
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
A lot: Many foods contain tryptophan, an essential Amino Acid that you can only get through diet. Chicken and turkey both have tryptophan. It is required for the production of melatonin, a critical compound for our circadian sleep rhythms. Many people believe that tryptophan induces sleep, while usually it is the large fatty meals that make us feel tired and not the ingestion of tryptophan alone. ...Read more
Over counter: This is an item you can find in most "health food" stores. It does not require a prescription. ...Read more
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