My doc recommended 100 mg nightly of 5-htp for perimenopause/depression symptoms (I already take a Wellbutrin and Lamicta combo). On SSRIs I gained fifty lbs which I have managed to (mostly) lose. 5-htp is said to raise serotonin levels, which would be good, but I remember that when SSRIs first came on the scene they were all going to "help with weight loss" - ha! Over time that has proven to be far from true. I'm sure they alter your metabolism in some way, because I lived on nothing but air, practically, and still gained the 50 lbs.
Sorry so long, but my question is this: has anybody ACTUALLY used 5-htp and experienced any weight gain (or loss)? Yes, I know it is touted as helpful for weight loss, but if you've been around as long as I have you know the SSRIs were also.
Did anyone take it - and for a meaningful period of time? I just DO NOT want to start down that weight gain road again but could use some serotonin help and insomnia aid now that I am in peri-menopause.
Thanks to all of you for being willing to share.