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If 5-htp causes anxiety, isn't it a little pointless to take it for depression?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Makes sense

If you consider anxiety and depression as opposite ends of a spectrun of neurotransmitter activation, it makes sense.

In brief: Makes sense

If you consider anxiety and depression as opposite ends of a spectrun of neurotransmitter activation, it makes sense.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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