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I've been on 5-HTP for 3 months now. I take 50 mg., before breakfast (should take on an empty stomach) and I noticed a difference right away. I'm much calmer but still energetic. It's helped more than anything else I've tried (St. John's Wort, Valerian, Paxil, Lexapro......)!
Don't bother! I just was on Lexapro for almost six weeks and it did NOTHING for my Anxiety (and my anxiety is bad), however, it did cause me to be more depressed!!! I just got myself off it and will look for alternate methods for my anxiety. I believe as with all the research I've done, ABSOLUTELY NONE of these Anti-depressants will help anxiety sufferer,, NONE!!!! That's why they're called "anti-depressants" (should be a clue)! They don't even help alot of depression sufferers,, (GREAT MEDICATION) but often make their depression WORSE and then cause them ADDITIONAL Anxiety to boot! Don't take my word,, just research these boards and you'll find More then Plenty who will attest to that! It's kind of like given some body a skin cream medication to help with a "toothache"!
Ninety nine percent of the entire medical profession has gone Anti-depressant HAPPY, prescribing these Marvelous little pills that make you Sicker before they "MAY" help,, big "MAY", cause nobody really knows if it will help you or not (that's why so many have little or NO success over and over again as they willingly play "guinea pig") and more and more warnings are on the news on TV in the paper,,everywhere about the DANGEROUS of these little researched and potentially HAZARDOUS drugs,, it's gambling with your health!!! As long as they all get their Huge kick backs ($$$$$$$$) from the Fabulous DRUG COMPANIES that push these pills at us so "Un-caringly", that's all they give a crap about!!! Our society has gotten so Nuts with all this "Anti-depressant" craze,, they've even developed a "dog" anti-depressant,,, tell me things are'nt out of control! I'm waiting to see a post from someone's family Beagle who has complaints about "weight gain" and "loss of sex drive"!!!!!!
So, all I can say is, I'm staying as far from all this as possible and will seek "natural" and "non-brain tampering," safer methods of dealing with my high Anxiety. It's all tooooo easy to give in to the temptation the doctors throw at you with these little pills, but believe me, I've gone to several and they're ALL THE SAME,, they care more about making the PROFITS off you then your well being! It's time we let the medical profession and Drug companies know that we will NOT BE "LAB RATS" at their expense!
Don't appologize, being an animal lover and having a dog myself, I thouroughly understand your frustration and heartship!!! I would've personally fed that Vet a couple years supply of "anti-depressants" at one dose! This is why I have such OUTRAGE about the obusive prescribing of these Brain Altering meds which people are running to their doctors for like CANDY!!! As mentioned, I've suffered HORRIBLE General Anxiety Disorder for Six months now and could'nt wait to get off the Lexapro after being on it for almost six weeks! I'm now two days off it and though I don't feel Great,, I feel better then when I was on that garbage!!
If all these people who think this is the "CURE" to all their problems would just realize it's not only the easy way out (due to all the HORRIBLE side effects getting on it, or never being able to get off it), but the longer you're on it, the more it wears off and you need more and more, or have to start from scratch with a new one (and the nightmare starts all over again)!! Your brain my acclimate to the drug in time,, but to what expense?? Giving yourself a "Labotomy" is'nt my idea of "CURING" the problem, it's just COVERING IT UP!
You know it's really funny (not funny but dumb). I've been asked by several people, "if you had diabetes, would'nt you take insulin"? Well, Yes I would,,however insulin does'nt give you all the SICK SIDE EFFECTS that these anti-depressants give you!! Insulin is also a "PROVEN" medication in diabetes treatment!!!! They don't give you one type of insulin for a couple months while you vomit, crawl the walls with anxiety, get suicidal thoughts, have horrible insomnia, brain zaps, weight gain, weight loss, sweats, loss of sex drive, and walk around lathargic like a ZOMBIE without any of your NORMAL emotions or feelings and then when that one does'nt work,, pull you off it and put you on another one,, over and over untill they find one that works!!!!!!!!!!!!! And by that time your condition has gotten worse while waiting for a "cure" (band aide) or you don't find any relief and have just spent month destroying brain cells! They JUST GIVE YOU INSULIN BECAUSE IT WORKS,,, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!! Diabetic sufferers are'nt used as "lab rats" like the people who can't wait to be put on these Anti-depressants,,, DRUG CHOICE of all those money hungry medical pros!!! Pro's YEA, RIGHT! And that's my two cents.

My deepest sympathys go out to you on the loss of your dog! I can only hope the vet that did this suffers for it!!

Good luck,
MMS1
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iluvtolaugh: How long did it take for you to notice a change? Did it help with panic attacks at all? ALso - do you take your 5HTP with VitaminB6, I've heard that 5HTP needs to be taken with VitaminB6 in order for it to cross the BBB properly.

I too believe that 5HTP is probably far superior to Paxil, or any other SSRI's. THe only SSRI I've been on is Paxil, and well it did help my anxiety/panic, it made my depression worse, turned me into a maniac, and is HELL still trying to come off.

The SSRI's I might try in the future are Lexapro, or Prozac.


I noticed the difference within 2 hours of taking it. I have high anxiety but not panic attacks so I don't know about it helping those. I take it in the morning, before breakfast, on an empty stomach so it absorbs better. I, also, take a vitamin B complex but didn't know about that theory.