5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) or St. John's wort

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Post by Tee on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:37 am

Just read that you can raise the levels of the serotonin in the body by using either the St. John's wort herb or the chemical compound known as 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which is a form of the essential amino acid tryptophan.

Has anyone tried either of these?

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Re: 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) or St. John's wort

Post by Sarah on Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:29 pm

I have tried both (what haven't I tried?!) Years ago I found St John's Wort to be helpful, but it seemed to stop working. I was taking loads of painkillers at the time though. In recent times I haven't tried it again, as you really can't take St John's Wort with any prescription medications, which makes it quite limiting.

5-HTP I felt actually made my migraines slightly worse.
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Post by Tee on Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:21 pm

That's interesting thanks - I have heard about the no no of using St Johns Wort and some OTC meds - but do you know if there is any problems of using it with other supplements?


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Post by Sarah on Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:32 pm

I don't know of any problems with other supplements, but the list of OTC and prescription meds that are contraindicated with it is so huge that I suspect it's a risk taking it with any. Shocked
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Post by pīwakawaka on Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:03 pm

I have just started seeing a clinical psychologist for pain management and he has recommended I start taking 120 mg of 5-HTP daily. He said it should show some results by the time I see him again in 2 weeks.

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Post by Sarah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:29 am

Best of luck. I'll be interested to hear how you get on.
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