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5-HTP vs. St. John's Wort for Bipolar Disorder

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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
St John's wort (traditionally now commonly , as spelt) is the plant species Hypericum perforatum, and is also known as Tipton's Weed, Chase-devil, or Klamath weed.With qualifiers, St John's wort is used to refer to any spec... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Joe
February 27, 2014
Joe wrote
5 HTP side effects
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By Sharon
January 15, 2014
Sharon wrote
5HTP and muscle pain and joint pain
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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.
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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By Dawn
November 22, 2013
Dawn wrote
Wellbutrin v. St. John's Wort
what is htp?
star  |  April 14, 2014
Dawn thank you so much for sharing your experience, I have been affraid to try the st. johns wort and 5htp because they say you can get seretonin syndrome. I definitely want to give this a try. Have you found any research about this? Thanks in advance for your help
Devin  |  January 3, 2014
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By Kjartan
November 12, 2013
Kjartan wrote
5-HTP for sleep
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By CookieZ
September 2, 2013
CookieZ wrote
5 HTP
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By Eleanoro
August 27, 2013
Eleanoro wrote
5HTP made me mean
so that explains my aggressivity..also I had nightmares
Judy  |  February 18, 2014
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What patients are saying about 5-HTP + St. John's Wort + Bipolar Disorder

58 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
research I've been doing on 5-HTP, I've seen it mentioned...
...I've been doing on 5-HTP, I've ...using the 5-HTP but since I'm using it for quality of sleep purposes, I am not going to add the St. John's Wort. So I...
Vitamin B to 5-HTP through to St. John's Wort. It took full...
I didn't have any luck with natural remedies from Vitamin B to 5-HTP through to St. John's Wort. It took full blown prescribed medication to do anything positive. In hindsight I wish I could have...
until I found out that it can give you cataracts(!) 5-HTP...
...it could be worse, I was originally going to start taking St John's Wort (another over-the-counter med) until I found out that it can give you cataracts(!) 5-HTP seemed safer but as it's...
you would switch from st. john's wort to 5-htp or any other...
...has the same ingredients. If you would switch from st. john's wort to 5-htp or any other antidepressant it ...ingredients. From what I have read hypericin is what causes photosensitivity...
did you switch from the 5htp to st. john's wort, or combine...
...wort, or combine them? If you switched, I'm wondering why? (because I'm still keeping 5htp as an option open). St. john's didn't effect my digestion or s...
I switched from St. John's Wort to 5-HTP 2 months ago,...
...and Alesse? I switched from St. John's Wort to 5-HTP 2 months ago, and ...and I'm wondering if 5-HTP lowers its effectiveness. The pamphlet says not to take St. John's Wort and a few other...
why change it? I ask because I used to take St. John's Wort...
...were going to change their 5htp routine: has your routine been working for you? If so, why change it? I ask because I used to take St. John's Wort as a mood leveler ...to think about. 5htp is i...
5-HTP from NOW. St. John's Wort. Kavinace from...
...St. John's Wort. Kavinace from Neuroscience, for GAPA. I used Multinutrient and Ultimate Omega-3 for about 2.5 years which benefited me a lot during that period. I noticed the differences f...
or St. John's Wort. 5 HTP helped me but sent my Bipolar...
...diagnosis. I am so sorry you lost your friends. My Mom takes Effexor for depression, she really likes it and it helps her.Some people find taking 5 HTP or L Tryptophan works, possibly even...
i also can get manic from st john's wort.  I have bipolar II...
...effects from SSRI's like prozac and zoloft etc...... i also can get manic from st john's wort.  I have bipolar II but i suffer mostly ...change after i started taking 5-HTP....... i need to...
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