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Can i take 5-htp during pregnancy? I am 13 weeks and was on celexa (citalopram) prior to conceiving.
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Probably should not
I am sure some women do take 5 htp during pregnancy, but it doesn't have safety data for use during this time.
Because of this, i wouldn't recommend taking it during your pregnancy -- especially in your first trimester.

In brief: Probably should not
I am sure some women do take 5 htp during pregnancy, but it doesn't have safety data for use during this time.
Because of this, i wouldn't recommend taking it during your pregnancy -- especially in your first trimester.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Most likely no
I looked up in various sources about 5-htp and they all indicate its "possibly unsafe" during pregnancy and best to be avoided.
Please confirm with your obstetrician.

In brief: Most likely no
I looked up in various sources about 5-htp and they all indicate its "possibly unsafe" during pregnancy and best to be avoided.
Please confirm with your obstetrician.
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
5 doctors agree
In brief: No, ma'am, the
National institute of health recommends not using it in pregnancy because it's possibly unsafe.
Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome is a potentially serious side effect. In large studies of kids with Down syndrome who developed seizures, 15% had a history of long-term use of 5-htp. Ask your psychiatrist & OB about using low-dose Prozac or zoloft (sertraline) to prevent recurrence of depression/anxiety in pregnancy.

In brief: No, ma'am, the
National institute of health recommends not using it in pregnancy because it's possibly unsafe.
Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome is a potentially serious side effect. In large studies of kids with Down syndrome who developed seizures, 15% had a history of long-term use of 5-htp. Ask your psychiatrist & OB about using low-dose Prozac or zoloft (sertraline) to prevent recurrence of depression/anxiety in pregnancy.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 5-HTP
Since not enough is known about this supplement (other than potentially serious side effects) webmd et al recommend against its use, especially during pregnancy.

In brief: 5-HTP
Since not enough is known about this supplement (other than potentially serious side effects) webmd et al recommend against its use, especially during pregnancy.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Lydia Collins
Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No data
There is no adequate research data assessing the safety of high doses of Amino Acids such as 5-htp in pregnancy.

In brief: No data
There is no adequate research data assessing the safety of high doses of Amino Acids such as 5-htp in pregnancy.
Dr. Lydia Collins
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 5-HTP
If ok by your doctor who prescribed celexa, (citalopram) as well as your obstetrician, who are monitoring your symptoms & your pregnancy.
Personally, since no data available, i would not recommend it.

In brief: 5-HTP
If ok by your doctor who prescribed celexa, (citalopram) as well as your obstetrician, who are monitoring your symptoms & your pregnancy.
Personally, since no data available, i would not recommend it.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Janak Acharya
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid it if possible
May be linked to low birthweight.
Try daily non traumatic exercise for mood elevation.

In brief: Avoid it if possible
May be linked to low birthweight.
Try daily non traumatic exercise for mood elevation.
Dr. Janak Acharya
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Dr. Gregory Neyman
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ask your OB
All questions such as this, you should ask you ob.

In brief: Ask your OB
All questions such as this, you should ask you ob.
Dr. Gregory Neyman
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Dr. Syed H. Sajid
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: May take 5HTP
5-htp is a naturally occurring amino acid.
It is a precursor of the serotonin and melatonin. 5-htp is also a metabolite of serotonin. It is available over the counter and is used to help depression, sleep disturbance, etc. There are no studies available regarding it's use in pregnancy, and how it may effect the fetus. Usually, risk is the highest in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Consult obgyn.

In brief: May take 5HTP
5-htp is a naturally occurring amino acid.
It is a precursor of the serotonin and melatonin. 5-htp is also a metabolite of serotonin. It is available over the counter and is used to help depression, sleep disturbance, etc. There are no studies available regarding it's use in pregnancy, and how it may effect the fetus. Usually, risk is the highest in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Consult obgyn.
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
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