I've been using 5-htp for two years now and literally can't live without it! It definitely helps with anxiety and depression. My natural doc said I could do up to 400 mg a day with no problems. Normal dose is 100 mg first thing in the morning and right before bed. I'm really sensitive to many things, but had no issues with 5-htp at all. Good Luck!
I really appreciate you talking to me about this. I really need the input, I have some issues with 5HTP and need some help
Did you automatically start feeling better? and did you need to start slow and gradually build up? I have tried taking a full dose(100mg) and can't seem to tolerate it, so I open the cap and just take alittle maybe 20 mg. Can I asked why you started taking it? I have anxiety and depression issues and just can not tolerate antidepressants, so I am trying to find something natural. Thank you
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I'm taking it for depression and anxiety. Can I ask what kind of reaction you are having? I started with 100 mg 2x/day on an empty stomach and was fine. It took 2-3 days for me to start feeling better. But believe me, I've had reactions to just about EVERYTHING else, so I completely understand what you are going through. Remember that just because you react to the 5-htp doesn't mean something else might not work!
Hi, debo3. I took 5-HTP for about a year and a half and it worked really well for my depression and anxiety. It should be taken on an empty stomach, this helps it get better metabolized. Taking a good B-complex vitamin with it will also help with metabolization. I started with 50mg and increased it every two weeks by 50mg. The optimum dose for me was 200mgs, which is a high dose. I took it in the morning. It usually makes people sleepy so they take it at night. I'm an oddball, though, it kept me up if I tried taking it at night.
I seem to get a little more anxious, and a mild headache and I am only taking about 20 mg if that much, I have the 100 mg caps. I break open a capsule and measure aprox. 20 mg. Maybe I can't take them. I have GAD, and was in hopes that this would help.
There is a superb book by Patrick Holford called "natural highs" that sparked my enthusiasm for 5 htp.It really is essential reading in the way it explores brain chemistry and the various supplements that can enhance the absorption of natural anti-depressants into the system.
I myself had reason to take Prozac and Citalopram ,several years ago and used 5 htp to absorb the shock of withdrawal with great success and consequently managed to substitute a heavy duty pharmaceutical with a natural one,. that does a better job with no nasty side effects.Good luck,hope this helps.
Did you take the 5 htp while you were weaning from the Prozac? I would like to wean myself from the prozac but have done it before and the withdrawl symptons are bad. Would love to be able to take something natural. Prozac makes me so tired that I have absolutely no energy.