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5-HTP

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Effexor

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/ 200,295 posts
Other Names: Effexor XR   Venlafaxine
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 80,689 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 200,295 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), also known as oxitriptan (International Nonproprietary Name), is a natural product amino acid and chemical compound precursor (chemistry) as well as metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitt... Read more on Wikipedia
Venlafaxine (brand name: Effexor or Efexor) is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class. First introduced by Wyeth in 1993, now marketed by Pfizer, it is licensed for the treatment of major depressive ... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Pattii
October 3, 2014
Pattii wrote
5 HTP
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By Isa
September 13, 2014
Isa wrote
5htp irregular heart beat and bad dreams
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By Dm3
August 30, 2014
Dm3 wrote
Intersting, but unstable.
Ginkgo biloba isn't an SSRI.
Jon  |  September 13, 2014
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By Joey
August 5, 2014
Joey wrote
5 HTP ( 30 days personal experience)
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By Joe
February 27, 2014
Joe wrote
5 HTP side effects
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Try gaba
October 26, 2014
5-htp should not be taken with ssri... I take 300 mg per day, since 2008, no such effects. (while having lot of anxiety, i am not scared of 5-htp...)
Bernhard  |  October 8, 2014
I am taking Celexa an SSRI and wanted to taper off so I went from 20mg to now 10mg which sucks for my mood and headaches. I took one pill of the 5HTP to offset my deminished Celexa and waited 15 minutes and ate some ice cream ~ I immediately felt numb, cold sweats, clammy and vomited all of my ice cream, bummer, I'm scared to try another 5HTP pill :(
Jenn  |  August 17, 2014
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By Sharon
January 15, 2014
Sharon wrote
5HTP and muscle pain and joint pain
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I took 50mg thought I was going to die. It made me so depressed.I hope the depression will go away soon.It has been 2 days now.If it don't go away I am going to the hospital.
margie  |  May 5, 2014
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By Logan Eros
January 7, 2014
Logan Eros wrote
No safe level of 5-htp. . .one last thought
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By Logan Eros
January 5, 2014
Logan Eros wrote
No safe level of 5htp contd.
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There are many things wrong with this post.

Serotonin syndrome is not caused by an impurity in a supplement. Serotonin syndrome describes a rare state wherein the body makes too much serotonin or doesn't clear it properly, usually because two or more medications affecting serotonin levels have been mixed. This usually involves large doses of something like a cold medicine being taken on top of an antidepressant or recreational abuse of a substance that affects serotonin levels. (Robitussin, f
August 26, 2014
what brand were you using? did you ever look up literature to see if they conducted an assay on your particular brand? 5HTP is a naturally occuring chemical in your body and generally those who are depressed have a deficency. I think you are correct about it being synthetic but it sounds like they were selling something other than advertised. Lastly, eosinophils are a natural type of white blood cell in every human. they can be involved in serious blood disorders but those with eosinophils so
January 27, 2014
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By Logan Eros
January 3, 2014
Logan Eros wrote
No safe level of 5htp
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Definite symptoms of serotonin syndrome, perhaps your body already had a balances serotonin level prior to taking 5htp
J.White  |  August 1, 2014
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By Fabs
December 1, 2013
Fabs wrote
Cipralex vs Effexor
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I was first treated with Cipralex, for Depression NOS, but it made me numb/depressed after 3 weeks. I eventually self-diagnosed with cylothymic disorder and my new pdoc has me on Effexor. It has almost instantly knocked out my ptsd. There are usually a couple days of exhaustion and restlessness when raising dosage. Despairing thoughts no longer frequent the mind. Course of treatment -1 year.
Spudz  |  July 5, 2014
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By Kjartan
November 12, 2013
Kjartan wrote
5-HTP for sleep
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By dirk cunnington
September 10, 2013
dirk cunnington wrote
In praise of Effexor - wonder of wonders
This drug is horrible. It gave me a headache everyday for 6 weeks. I went off of it, and was extremely ill. I couldn't even get out of bed one of the days....sharp head pains, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea. DO NOT take this medication until you learn the withdrawal symptoms. Easing off of it slowly just prolongs the agony.
Sue  |  October 15, 2014
I concur wholeheartedly! "SO, don’t criticize Effexor because it didn’t give you what you were looking to get – embrace it because it takes you to a better place that you never knew existed. But you have to want to go there, to find your true self." Well said. By-the-by; I was recently rx'd a serotonin making drug called amyltriptaline- poof; brain favors it truly. Utopia might be some Mu receptors and Celebrex; then no unnecessary toil on my brain nor being nor spirit. Ah, but such is lif
dutchfish  |  June 13, 2014
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By Elizabeth
September 6, 2013
Elizabeth wrote
Effexor & Swollen Feet
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By CookieZ
September 2, 2013
CookieZ wrote
5 HTP
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By judy
September 1, 2013
judy wrote
i have lost my mind completely
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Does takeing covesyl lesson the effect of efexor
diane  |  August 26, 2014
wish you did too
August 20, 2014
I was on high dose effexor and also "lost" several years. I simply STOPPED taking this drug, and with the help/love/understanding of my wonderful lady, I have (so far) been able to function without it. For the first time in a long while, I am aware of what I am doing. It has been five LONG months, but..... I CAN DO IT!!
Russ  |  August 20, 2014
I can totally empathise with you I feel exactly the same - I am suffering from Anxiety & Depression have been taking venlafaxine and flupentixol for years and although I am much worse without the meds I still manage to embarrass myself on a regular basis to the point my eldest son is ashamed of me and doesn't care about me anymore. I worry constantly that the rest of my family will soon decide I am not good enough for them also and they will start to look down at me and decide to disown me, too
Diane  |  July 26, 2014
I understand what you are saying and how you feel. I think my son cares as well as a few other people but they are just tired of hearing it. I know I am and I'll bet you are too. I don't have any magic words. I wish I did.
Bonnie  |  March 27, 2014
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By Eleanoro
August 27, 2013
Eleanoro wrote
5HTP made me mean
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Try gaba
October 26, 2014
I've been taking 5-HTP for chronic anxiety disorder (CAD) and depression for about 3 years now
and have never experienced what all the above have. You start out slowing taking 5-HTP, as
indicated on the bottle, and I never exceeded 3 per day. I'm now down to only one per day,
stated on the bottle, and I never took it before bedtime. I don't have anxiety or depression while I'm sleeping, so why would I need to. My doctor paired it with Gaba Calm, so ask your health
care professional if he/
Kay  |  June 21, 2014
I heard that it could cause aggression and road rage type symptoms. I have not experienced this though, and I've been taking it for about 4 weeks. I've actually had more restful sleep since starting it and seem a little more relaxed.
5HTP for Depression  |  June 18, 2014
so that explains my aggressivity..also I had nightmares
Judy  |  February 18, 2014
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5htp after 2 weeks
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What patients are saying about 5-HTP vs. Effexor

1,030 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
effexor to 5 htp and it does help with my sleep. it makes...
I am currently switching from effexor to 5 htp and it does help with my sleep. it makes you ...let us know if 5 htp works for you because ...stubborn, i will go back to effexor after this experi...
wart and 5-htp and gaba for about a year now and it helps...
...on st. johns wart and 5-htp and gaba for about a year now and it helps a little but not much. i took effexor a few years ago...
I am using high doses of 5HTP and it is really helping. Yes...
...side effects so I am using high doses of 5HTP and it is really helping. Yes I still have ...on day 8 of no effexor and doing ok. Not great by any...
5-HTP and Gingko for a couple of months. It didn't work....
...help eliminate the sexual side effects caused by Effexor XR. I never ...profound sexual dysfunction on Effexor. Believe it ...well. I was on a combo of 5-HTP and Gingko for a couple of mo...
It's also a \"natural mood elevator.\" I guess it wor...
...took effexor with really good results. It's ...doctor before taking 5htp. Also, I take double the recommended dosage. It's also a \"natural mood elevator.\" I guess it works for that, too,...
the electric shocks to the brain and heart palpitations...
...I upped my 5-htp to 1oomg 3xdaily, ...that since starting the effexor. I truly believe the 5-htp has helped. I still am feeling the electric shocks to the brain and heart palpitations, but the...
Mixing 5-htp & antidepressants is dangerous and stupid....
Efexor can be very useful, especially ...is only useful if you have mild symptoms. Mixing 5-htp & antidepressants is dangerous and stupid. Only short acting medications (including Efexor) cau...
I tried to switch from Effexor to 5htp a natural aide and...
...people getting off of effexor without horrible side effects. Myself, I did get ...felt suicidal while switching to Effexor but once the ...I was okay. I tried to switch from Effexor to 5htp ...
also tried 5HTP which worked somewhat, although I took very...
...I'm on 300mg of Effexor which works OK; it keeps me from having suicidal thoughts although I'm still depressed. ...I've also tried 5HTP which worked somewhat, although I took very large...
5htp helps sooth the nerves, both have been invaluable for...
...of a drop are my most frustrated. After that I'm much ...to 22 beads of Effexor , the drops don't ...for that \"sandpapered brain\" feeling, and 5htp helps sooth the nerves, both have been i...
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