Serotonin is converted in the body to the the sleepy-time neurotransmitter, melatonin, which regulates our sleep and waking cycles or “circadian rhythm.”
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Recommended dosage: Take 1 capsule per day on an empty stomach. Generally best to take at bedtime or as directed by your qualified health consultant.
Caution: Do not take if pregnant, lactating, trying to conceive, under age 18, or have a medical condition. If taking prescribed medication(s), e.g. antidepressant SSRIs, MAO inhibitors or sedatives, consult health professional before taking 5-HTP.o.
Since I was a teenager, I’ve had serious problems with anxiety and depression. For many years, I was maintained on drugs whose side effects were nearly as bad as the problems they addressed. Among other things, I had to give up a full scholarship and drop out of college because of my problems. When SSRIs became available, my life changed profoundly for the better. For one thing, I was eventually able to return to school and earn a doctorate in clinical psychology. I’ve been taking one or another antidepressant for many years, despite the expense and side effects, because I thought I had no choice if I wanted to maintain a reasonable quality of life. The lowered libido has been especially distressing, which is why I had discontinued the medication every couple of years to make sure I really still needed it. For some years now, the one I’ve liked best is Lexapro. Because it was not on my insurance formulary, I’ve had to go out of pocket. Each time I weaned myself off the drugs, I inevitably experienced return of my depression and anxiety within weeks. Several months ago, I decided to give 5-HTP a try, even though I was a little worried about how it might turn out if it didn’t work. I had heard Dr. Cass speak a few times and bought a couple of her books. Then I checked out her website and decided I trusted her. For one thing, she’s an actual psychiatrist…that means a lot to me because there are legions of unlicensed people out there who make expansive claims about alternative treatments. I would never have believed it! Six months in, no symptoms and absolutely NO side effects – libido or otherwise. And the same efficacy as I’ve had from the prescription drugs. 5-HTP has virtually changed my life. I give it my wholehearted recommendation.
Serving Size: 1 capsule
|Ingredients||Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)||100 mg||*|
|* Daily Value not established
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour and Cellulose (capsule).Contains no sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, eft, shellfish or preservatives. Vegatarian/Vegan Product.