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Old 08-14-09, 12:14 AM   #1
 
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Question Has anyone had any success with 5-HTP?

I purchased some 5-HTP a few months ago, and took the supplement a few days. (I'm guessing you'd have to take it regularly to see a difference, but I was worried about potential side effects of it. I couldn't find conclusive studies about the long-term effects of it.. are there any?).

I am considering either supplements like 5-HTP, or going to a doctor/psychologist route. I would like to hear experiences of both. I want to get rid of the depression, but without side effects or risks or excessive costs.

I'd really like to hear experiences from people who've tried both routes of treatment, and which worked best for you and any benefits/downsides of each.
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Old 08-18-09, 02:35 AM   #2
 
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Hey, Ive had very limited success taking dietary supplements, although I havent tired this particular one, Ive resently went on antidepressents and it seems to be making a difference. had issues with feeling like i was going to throw up, not being able to sleep, dizzyness and needed to nap during the day but it seems to have settled down now, its also helped alot with my anxiety issues, which is helping with the depression ,

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Old 08-25-09, 08:16 PM   #3
 
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I've heard about 5-HTP many times, but does anyone know of any scientific studies in which it has been proven an effective treatment for depression? Also, I have no idea what amount you'd need for it to be effective (if it is at all).
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Old 08-27-09, 06:57 PM   #4
 
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I purchased some 5-HTP a few months ago, and took the supplement a few days. (I'm guessing you'd have to take it regularly to see a difference, but I was worried about potential side effects of it. I couldn't find conclusive studies about the long-term effects of it.. are there any?).

I am considering either supplements like 5-HTP, or going to a doctor/psychologist route. I would like to hear experiences of both. I want to get rid of the depression, but without side effects or risks or excessive costs.

I suffered from depression/low mood states and I don't think you will ever be "all good". I think it's something you have to work with all your life when you are prone to it. But I do feel so much better now than I ever felt before and I came to that point by changing my life and what I did. I used to work way too much and although I still do, I have my times when I go to the gym and nothing will stop me. I think that's important to not only exercise but that you have a clear regular exercise regimen. I also think it's important to have a clear routine throughout your work week/day.

Incorporating a regular exercise regimen was key for me but the other half of why I feel better today has to do with supplementation. I take a combination of 5-HTP, Rhodiola Rosea, Ginkgo Biloba, Selenium and B Vitamins. I really like MoodBoost Drink and it seems to help. I usually have one to two a day at work, the last one usually late in the afternoon and it energizes me to go to the gym. I think MoodBoost Drink in combination with a regular work/exercise schedule has helped me tons. Don't know if 5HTP by itself works for me and I don't know what it is that makes this supplement for me but it does and that's all I care about.

I hope you feel better soon and take care.
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Old 10-25-09, 02:25 AM   #5
 
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Hi, ive just joined the site and was looking to see if anybody knew of other alternative's to anti-depressants and found this thread. I was taking a-d's for about 3 years on and off (didnt do very well when i came off them-went into a sort of mental breakdown state) and a few months ago i bought a book about 5-htp. It listed the medical research that had been done and the results and sounded quite good. I'd never really liked being on a synthetic drug (but couldnt deny that they worked) so i decided to give them a try (after seeing my doctor). I've been taking them for about 3 months now and i'm doing o.k. I still have ups and downs and some days are much worse than others but i feel for myself that this is addressing the problem in a more natural way than a prescription drug. You do have to make sure that you take them every day and that you take a high enough dose though or they wont do any good. The dose i take is 250mg p/d although i did start at 300 went down to 200 then settled at 250, you just need to experiment with which dose works best for you. Make sure you come off your prescription drugs slowly and gradually introduce the 5-htp as your dosage goes down that way you shouldnt have any sudden rough patches (mental state wise) - it worked this way for me anyway. I found them at a good price from health spark or amazon. Hope this was helpful. Good luck.
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Old 11-20-09, 10:15 PM   #6
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Is this supplement OK to take long-term? I thought it was only for temporary insomnia or stress...?
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Old 01-10-10, 04:48 AM   #7
 
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I take 5-htp and it works like a charm for me. I take 50 mg at night one hour before bedtime during the week, and on both friday night and saturday night I take 100 mg one hour before bedtime to really sleep well. For me, dreams are vivid at the 100 mg dose, but that's alright it makes life more interesting. 5-htp helps me to sleep well throughout the night, and the next day I feel refreshed and I can even literally feel that my brain has more serotonin. I've tried Saint John's Wort and it worked well for me for a short while but not long enough, I think that 5-htp is way more effective. After twenty nights straight of taking 5-htp, I take a break for several days where I wont take any. So I tend to go 20 days on 5-10 days off, 20 on 10 off, so on so forth. I also take Rhodiola Rosea about four or five mornings a month and it works well for a boost.
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