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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-16-2005, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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5-htp is a serotonin precursor (similar to l-tryptophan) that crosses the blood-brain barrier, it's been shown in clinical trials to have an antidepressant effect. (at a high enough dose it was on par with SSRIs, and it worked well in conjunction with SSRIs) Has anyone used this supplement? I used it for a little bit, and it seemed to help some, but I can't say for certain because I'm not using it now and my medications are very different than they were then.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-16-2005, 02:22 PM
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I bought a month supply bottle. I noticed no effects from it. I might consider trying it out again.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-16-2005, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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As I understand from the trials I read, you need a much larger dose than the recommended dosage on the bottles to see effects.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-16-2005, 07:40 PM
 
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When I could afford it, I took that for about 2 months & saw relatively good results taking about 5X the recommended dosage.
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Yeah, it's fairly expensive stuff.
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I haven't tried it. One thing to remember, don't take it if you are on serotonin antidepressants, as this could lead to serotonin syndrome. Most of you guys probably know that, but I figured it couldn't hurt to remind.

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If you're being properly monitored and your doctor knows you're trying it you can probably use it together with SSRIs, but it's definitely something to be careful with.
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