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Old 11-16-11, 09:40 PM   #1
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I wanted to let everyone know that I've been testing 5HTP for the severe depression I've encountered over the past 6 months. I started taking 50mg per day, typically with lunch or dinner. I had tried it a couple of months ago and noticed marginal results and stopped using it for some time, as I literally forgot to take it.

I was going through the most severe depression to date this week and thought I'd try some again. I took 100mg today (50mg with dinner and another 50mg an hour after) and I must say that my mood is quite elevated and I feel quite a bit better, like I can function and not crippled by depression.

It seems as though the product works better when depression is most severe. 5HTP is a natural serotonin inhibitor and works to increase serotonin levels in the brain. I get a slight ringing in the ears, which tells me that its working, as SSRI's have the same side effect when serotonin levels are elevated.

I'm going to take at least 50mg per day over the next week and follow up with results. I've read that even 100mg can be a hefty dose to the new user, hence the reason I separate dosing.

I would recommend anyone with moderate to severe depression give it a try, as yesterday I could hardly move from the depression and today I'm feeling quite a bit better since taking the product. The kind I use also contains vitamin B6, which helps to absorb the chemical responsible for serotonin elevation and is also a natural mood booster.

I've also read online reviews of 5HTP and there are people saying a lot of good things about it. It's also affordable at around $19 (CDN), per 60 capsules.

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Old 11-16-11, 09:47 PM   #2
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I've also read that it has a relatively short half life, which is another good reason to do split dosing throughout the day.

Too much 5HTP can also cause drowsiness and sleepiness. I find it best when I take it in the evenings and I notice a better state of mood when I wake up in the morning.
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Old 11-17-11, 10:28 AM   #3
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so, what'd you decide about this natural med?
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Old 11-17-11, 03:18 PM   #4
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So far it's definitely helping. Even one day in I'm able to carry on my daily activities. I was incapacitated by depression earlier in the week. I'm going to stay on the supplement daily and will properly gauge results.

At this point, the only side effect I can say exists with 5HTP is slight drowsiness, so I take after dinner and I sleep nicely come bed time.
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Old 11-17-11, 06:24 PM   #5
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i don't think i ever heard of it. not much works for me, but i'll have to check it out. what's the price?
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Old 11-21-11, 04:04 AM   #6
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I've been taking 5-htp for about 2 weeks now. 50mg every morning. I might start taking it at night if it's been working for you at night.

I've been taking it with L-tyrosine for dopamine, so I can't separate whether the dopamine or the 5htp is having these effects, but I have less food cravings which is really helpful because I'm an emotional eater. The food does not give me the same hiding place it used to, it just feels like food with no chemical boost, so that's a real plus. I think the main thing that it is doing for me is not allowing me to hide behind things anymore. Like the food, and the computer seems less addictive to me for some reason... So I feel like I'm facing my emotions more. Also I am able to start things more easily, like going on a run or doing work. I think that might be the L-tyrosine though, because it's dopamine that's responsible for motivation.

That said, I think this is something that works very subtle. Also I think it's important to start the dose really low. These last two days I've been really depressed, so I'm going to lower my dose to 50 once every 2 days... I have a history of anti depressants making me more depressed so maybe i'm just sensitive to serotonin-affecting things.
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Old 11-24-11, 03:44 PM   #7
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I've been taking it for about 5 days. It seems to have got me out of my worst depression. I'm pretty sure I have Dysthymia (long term depression), last couple of weeks it has been worse. Still too soon to tell how it will work over the long haul.
It has not helped or hindered sleep. I tried it at night first, had to go back to a sleeping pill. Switched to the morning so I would get the full effect during the day. I take Natrol 100mg.
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me, too, sleep. real long term. luckily i don't have to get up too early, or i'd be in real trouble since i'm often still awake in the middle of the night. i hate taking something to sleep every single night due to being afraid of NOT being able to sleep w/o some kind of aid forever.

i should be getting my package (of the 5htp) tomorrow, so we shall see!
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is it safe with anti-depressant meds?

I read a FAQ that said it might not be
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From reading the readily available internet based statistics about the drug, it is NOT a good idea to take 5-HTP in combination with antidepressants unless cleared with your doctor first. The following information is pertinent to your concern:

"People who take too much 5-HTP may come down with a condition known as serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome, the result of too much serotonin in the body, can cause shivering, seizures and even death. Combining 5-HTP with antidepressants or other medications can also lead to serotonin syndrome."
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