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What are the effects of 5-htp pills?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple
5-htp dietary supplements help raise serotonin levels in the brain.
Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, 5-htp may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.

In brief: Multiple
5-htp dietary supplements help raise serotonin levels in the brain.
Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, 5-htp may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Dr. Christopher Guzik
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Dr. Steven Charlap
May is the key word because no large. valid studies done to support this conclusion.
Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unclear
5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-htp, is an Amino Acid currently being sold over-the-counter in the United States.
It is often marketed as a medication for the treatment of depression and as a sleep aid. While some studies have shown moderate benefits over placebo from this medication, there haven't been many high quality, well-controlled studies that found similar results.

In brief: Unclear
5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-htp, is an Amino Acid currently being sold over-the-counter in the United States.
It is often marketed as a medication for the treatment of depression and as a sleep aid. While some studies have shown moderate benefits over placebo from this medication, there haven't been many high quality, well-controlled studies that found similar results.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
Answer assisted by Danielle Jones, Medical Student
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Dr. Steven Charlap
It can also cause abdominal distress
Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Have not been proven
5-htp, or 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a dietary supplement.
It is a precursor to molecules that regulate mood and sleep. 5-htp is purported to be beneficial in treating depression, though its effects have not been proven in large clinical trials. 5-htp should not be combined with other anti-depressants unless supervised by a physician.

In brief: Have not been proven
5-htp, or 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a dietary supplement.
It is a precursor to molecules that regulate mood and sleep. 5-htp is purported to be beneficial in treating depression, though its effects have not been proven in large clinical trials. 5-htp should not be combined with other anti-depressants unless supervised by a physician.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student
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