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Is tryptophan a sleep-inducing substance?

Is tryptophan a sleep-inducing substance?

Herbs for sleep: In general yes. What they say about thanksgiving turkey is true. It is not a recommended otc herb because it can also be very harmful in high doses and years ago a tainted batch caused numerous cases of parkinson's disease. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Newhouse
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Tryptophan (Definition)

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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Is tryptophan effective for sleep?

Is tryptophan effective for sleep?

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 more

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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!

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!

Not much risk: There is not much risk or serotonin syndrome after stopping your dose of amitriptyline for one day. The dose you were taking is small. Tryptophan should not cause you any harm. Sleep well. ...Read more

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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

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

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Is it harmful to take L-Tryptophan on a daily basis? It helps a lot with my insomnia / falling asleep, but i am not sure about side effects.

Unsure: Generally I would say no but L-tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin which is a powerful hormone, There is little data on taking this long-term and often it may create a grogginess. Try to use lowest dose possible recommended and see why you may need it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are different kinds of sleep inducing hormones?

Could you tell me what are different kinds of sleep inducing hormones?

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

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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.

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

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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...

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 more

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What nut or seed has the highest tryptophan?

Sesame seeds: Tryptophan is highest in sesame seeds, then sunflower seeds, then pumpkin seeds, then peanuts. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tryptophan?

What is the definition or description of: tryptophan?

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

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Is l tryptophan good for seniors ?

Is l tryptophan  good for seniors ?

No risk: This can be taken at any age, but I don't know what your purpose for taking it is? You may contact me at www.drkusher.com. ...Read more

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Can I take tryptophan while taking percocet?

Can I take tryptophan while taking percocet?

Medicines: Please never take tryptophan while taking Percocet - have your doctor decide what meds to use. Regarding your pain, headaches, and chest pain please discuss this with your primary doctor. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Should I take 5htp for depression or tryptophan?

Should I take 5htp for depression or tryptophan?

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

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Is tryptophan beneficial?

It can be.: Tryptophan has been noted to benefit sleep, seasonal affective disorder, enhance mood, amplify effects of antidepressants and help with premenstrual mood swings. ...Read more

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What foods contain tryptophan?

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

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How much time do the effects of tryptophan (from eating turkey) last?

Turkey: Go ahead and enjoy your turkey. Tryptophan should not do you much - if any - harm. Just don't overload yourself with turkey, and even then there is limited side effects. ...Read more

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Does l tryptophan need to be prescribed or can be buy over the counter?

Over counter: This is an item you can find in most "health food" stores. It does not require a prescription. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more