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Also known as: 5-HTP

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "It's caused mixed rxn, often awake and cannot return to sleep. Foggy feelings during the day, with occasional odd sense of impending doom. Anxiety that keeps me indoors...But, when I decide to go out despite odd feelings, I find myself to be strangely aggressive. It's a seems that I'm less tolerant to other people. For example, there is a cashier who is always rude, a real eye roller, with frequent head shaking and sighs. Well, after she rolled her eyes at me for asking for a pen, she reluctantly smacked down on the counter. I tossed it at her after using it. Hmmm, this is odd behavior for me, I usually don't react to other people like that..So, I've decided to quit this 5- Htp for now. I could end up doing something that gets me on the news"

   
4.0

Intentionally Blank February 19, 2017

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For Insomnia: "It helped me sleep at 1st for a few days and even slowed my brain down from racing thoughts but the past couple days its not been working. I have been up all night tonight as well as the night before. Also I have been having headaches that don't go away with ibuprophen. I am gonna try and only take 1 a day instead if 2. My husband got me this to help me sleep. What he didn't realize is I was sleeping it just took me a couple hrs sometimes. Occasionally maybe 10 times out of a yr I can't sleep all night. This is my 1st time taking meds and I don't know what to do. Ugh I am not happy. $22 down the drain."

   
3.0

Joyfuljennie86 February 4, 2017

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "I am 24 and have suffered from depression and severe anxiety since I was a young teenager. I've attempted suicide and been on tons of antidepressants which didn't help. My brother researched natural medicine and found this to treat his depression plus st johns wort in the mornings, and I decided to try it per his recommendation. So glad I found this. I finally feel like life is worth living and have hope in the future again. I take the 5-htp at night because it knocks me out and gives me vivid dreams. I only take 100mg daily."

   
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Solveig1 February 2, 2017

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "DANGER!! DANGER!! Do your research before you take this drug. There is a potential contaminant that could lead to serious health conditions. I took this garbage for 1 month and my face swelled up and my breathing became restricted before I looked into it more and discovered the possibility of a condition called esonophilic mylagia which is correlated with improper production techniques. I stopped taking it but the side effects still linger."

   
1.0

martin67vang January 10, 2017

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "I have been taking 5htp for about for days and feel sleepy all the time. Has anyone else found this or have any advice for me?"

   
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Ryan v December 30, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "5-HTP HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!!! I'm 27 and have suffered from chronic depression since I was 13. Have attempted to take my life several times and by age 17 I took to drugs to get away from my depression. I spent years searching for a substance/experience to help me feel "normal" Once I got clean the depression came back worse than ever. I tried several meds cymbalta/prozac/effecxor and they all made me worse or no effect. Once I started 5-htp I started to feel better within 3 days. I play around between 100-300mg and they just work like magic for me. I feel totally normal on them I buy mine off internet and I can honestly say I have suffered no side effects whatsoever other than very vivid dreams. I would highly recommend everyone to try."

   
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JohnG89 December 25, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "100mg of 5 HTP has been very effective for my insomnia and Fibro. I combine it with an edible of THC/ melatonin. I have been doing this for 4 months and feel much better. It's not the magic bullet but better than prescription drugs. I was taking Norco and Valium."

   
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Madalaine (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 25, 2016

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For Depression: "I tried to take 5-HTP for depression and anxiety accompanied by insomnia (early morning awakenings). I took antidepressant in the past, and it really helped, but this time I decided to try natural remedy. I went from 100 mg a day to 300mg. At first the results were great-just like when I took antidepressant. My depression lifted, sleep improved, I was not as anxious. Unfortunately, after a few weeks 5-HTP just stopped working. The positive effects were very short-lived."

   
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Tashka (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 21, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "for those who may not be aware Could a Gene Mutation be causing your depression or bipolar? i highly recommend researching this -With the MTHFR gene mutation you may not be able to make the enough of the active form of the vitamin folate/ vit b9 needed to make the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine causing mental health problems- google: balancingbrainchemistry the treatment for this gene mutation is taking mentholated b12 and and methyl folate/b9"

robnz October 19, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "I suffer from depression, anxiety, ptsd, panic attacks, insomnia & migraines. I prefer holistic treatments so after some research tried 5HTP. All my "issues" have either improved massively or disappeared completely. I take 100mg time release each morning. In times of extra stress I take another 100mg at night just to stay on top of everything. Note: Your body needs a break from 5HTP every now & then or it will become used it & not be as effective. I usually take it for 3 months then take a 1 to 2 month break (during which I supplement with St John's Wort if I find I'm having any "head space" or stress issues). IMPORTANT: Check with dr if you are already on antiD meds as it can interract with some nasty side effects."

   
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Earthmumma October 18, 2016

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For Insomnia: "This pill made me loose my mind. Do not take it. My experience was I couldn't sleep, I had the worse panick attacks. This pill should not be on the market due to it's horrible the effects it had on me"

   
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Women11 (taken for less than 1 month) September 30, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "This medication made me so ungodly sick; I vomited all night! I couldn't stop shaking! Scariest thing I've been through! Sorry I wasted my $ on it."

   
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Kit kay (taken for less than 1 month) September 20, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "Regular user of this "

   
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Devotee (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 11, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Took this to try and stay natural been dealing with anxiety recently and read a lot good reviews and a few bad. Went to walmart and purchased day before yesterday and took 1 pill just before I went to sleep. When I woke up it was like a living nightmare! Anxiety was magnified by 1000! Never have I felt so out of control! It was very scary horrible thoughts went through my head. I went back and read some more reviews and read another person had the same experience as me so I am not alone. It was unbelievable how a herbal pill can make you react I was so scared I forced myself to take zquil so I could try and sleep it off I prayed it would work and it did. Woke up about 8hrs later feeling much better. Hope that more people read this!"

   
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brian Edwards August 28, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Listed my reason for taking as anxiety but I am taking it for depression also. Jarrow's 5htp has been amazing for me. I've been taking 50mg in the morning and at night, I've felt the best that I've felt in months. Happy, in a good mood, far less anxious than I usually am. I'm feeling excited to live each day again. Did not work immediately but after a few days I started to feel the good effects."

Kellbellllll August 28, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Insomnia: "I've struggled with sleep-onset insomnia for 15+ years. It started in my early forties when perimenopause hit. Tried 5-HTP recently and after 2 weeks I'm sleeping great! I take 200 mg time-release an hour before bed. Also drink milk/buttermilk before bed. And gelatin mixed with hot water and juice earlier. I only take Ambien or Ativan when I still can't get to sleep but that's unusual. Since I'm sleeping sounding again like when I was younger, my energy level is back to normal and I feel great again! I also changed my diet to low sugar/ high fiber. 5-HTP is a life saver to me!!!"

   
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Econut August 17, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "Works great!"

   
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John3432 August 11, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "I started taking 300 mg/day about a month ago, and it has drastically changed my quality of life (though it did not happen in one day for me, as other people have noted). I've been on a series of antidepressants over the last 5-6 years, but could never reconcile the side effects with the minimal improvements I got from the medications. Over the past 2-3 weeks, I've stopped the daily crying jags I was experiencing before, and I actually feel like I'm in a good mood a couple times a week. Even my child has commented that I'm more fun."

   
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Kelleyp83 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 17, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Insomnia: "I take 5-htp for both insomnia and anxiety .The benzos and other meds didn't work anymore . So I've started to take 100 mg of 5-htp at night with a bit (7.5 mg) of mirtazipine and bang , gone for the WHOLE night. Incredible. I was so happy after searching for a remedy for years. I've started to take some small doses of 5 htp during day time ( 50mg at noon) and my anxiety is down. Now I have to let go the ATIVAN slowly but surely for my daily anxiety because it is now useless so I just have to figure out the right dosage and hope to use only this and nothing else for my sleeping problem and anxiety. ( don't forget the vitamin B6 to make it work better) So I went from a bunch of pills at night to almost nothing :-)"

   
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sirius1 (taken for less than 1 month) May 26, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "I just started taking it.The results have so far been fantastic.I take 100 mgs./4 times a day. The depression has lifted and I have more energy.I think you have to be careful with it. Do a lot of reading and monitor yourself--keep a journal.I will take it for one month;see How I do and then maybe back off a bit.I have suffered severe depression my entire adult Life,I hope this is finally the miracle I have been praying for."

   
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Duhka May 1, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "5 htp worked straight away for me after been recommended by a friend .after losing my father suddenly , I found I was no longer normal felt so lost .unhappy .not sleeping .tearful .nothing in life made me happy .tried the doctors .they wanted to give me anti depression tablets .I did not want to go there .so I went shopping bumped into a friend .she recommend 5-htp.so the same day went and got them .haven't looked back since.that was 11 months ago .thamk you to 5htp"

   
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joruby (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 18, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "I have suffered from social/generalized anxiety for as long as I can remember, it got really bad as I entered puberty and I think I went out a maximum of 10 times my entire high school career. I also suffer from depression and when I went on the depo birth control shot both mental illness were the worst they have ever been, even my husband became concerned and spent hours a day researching ways to get me up and about again. I would spend my entire day in bed and the shot also caused me to gain 30lbs which distroyed any self esteem I had left. A customer and friend suggested 5-htp and I'm never looking back! I can enjoy life again, I can feel and I'm not having anxiety attacks from leaving my house any more. I've also lost 10lbs. It works!"

   
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Tina Byrd (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 13, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "For years I silently suffered from depression and bouts of anxiety. I just though this is who I am and accept it. I tried anti depressants only a couple times on and off again when I felt desperate or overwhelmed only too make me feel even worse. I was extremely tired all the time, pissed off at everything, became less social, eating more, and just never feeling a day of happiness without really trying. Until 5-HTP. For me it has worked wonders in just 24 hours of many years of not feeling right. I wake up and feel good! I am not tired one bit. I feel human again. Like someone gave me my life back as an unexpected gift. Never did I think it would help or work as amazing as It does and I feel. No side effects."

   
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Jobella April 13, 2016

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) for Anxiety: "Don't take this with benzos, made me extra drowsy and anxious. One pill, I only took half of one pill (50mg!). I got some kind of adverse reaction. My insomnia got worse, I got panic attacks, shivering, tremor, felt disorientated and seriously more depressed. Now I have woken up in the middle of the night for many nights to same feeling: anxious, cant fall asleep again. I regret taking this. And I said once again: DONT MIX THIS WITH BENZOS and be careful if your nervous system is sensitive, you are sensitive to supplements or you suffer from bad insomnia cause it can cause paradoxical reaction. Start with tiny doses to find out, whether this is the right supplement to you. For me it definately is NOT. This supplement also has many side effects"

   
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Dizzie- (taken for less than 1 month) February 26, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "5-HTP is a really effective all-natural supplement for combatting symptoms of Fibromyalgia - among many other things. It naturally increases serotonin levels which help with sleep quality, pain reduction and depression. "

   
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a20030 January 29, 2016

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