5-HTP vs Effexor

5-HTP
(OTC)
Effexor
(Rx)
5-HTP is an alternative medication.
Effexor is an antidepressant medication.
Satisfaction Score
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4.1
Very Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.2
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Depression
5.0
Concern level
1.5
Helpfulness
for Depression
2.8
Concern level
1.9
Approval Date
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Not Available
December 28, 1993
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
103,206 Discussions
257,004 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#2 for Anxiety
#3 for Insomnia
#4 for Weight Loss
5-HTP is approved for Depression and Insomnia and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. In addition, our data suggest that it is taken for Anxiety, although it is not approved for this condition.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#2 for Anxiety
#4 for Hot Flashes
#5 for Panic Attacks
#6 for Panic
#7 for OCD
#8 for GAD
#9 for Migraines
#10 for Mood Swings
#11 for Social Anxiety
#13 for ADHD
#14 for Fibromyalgia
#15 for ADD
Effexor is prescribed for Depression and Anxiety and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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5-H
Withdrawal Symptoms
2
Serotonin Syndrome
2
Drowsiness
1
Dizziness
1
Euphoria
1
Vivid Dreams
1
Grogginess
1
Nightmares
1
Seizures
1
Palpitations
1
Eff
Withdrawal Symptoms
10
Weight Gain
4
Nausea
3
Dizziness
2
Head Zaps
2
Sexual Dysfunction
1
Suicidal behavior
1
Drowsiness
1
Seizures
1
Decreased Libido
1
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Withdrawal Symptoms
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2
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Serotonin Syndrome
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2
0
Drowsiness
5-H
Eff
1
1
Dizziness
5-H
Eff
1
2
Euphoria
5-H
Eff
1
0
Vivid Dreams
5-H
Eff
1
0
Grogginess
5-H
Eff
1
0
Nightmares
5-H
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1
0
Seizures
5-H
Eff
1
1
Palpitations
5-H
Eff
1
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Eff
5-H
10
2
Weight Gain
Eff
5-H
4
0
Nausea
Eff
5-H
3
0
Dizziness
Eff
5-H
2
1
Head Zaps
Eff
5-H
2
0
Sexual Dysfunction
Eff
5-H
1
0
Suicidal behavior
Eff
5-H
1
0
Drowsiness
Eff
5-H
1
1
Seizures
Eff
5-H
1
1
Decreased Libido
Eff
5-H
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Not Available
C Category C
Before taking Effexor during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between 5-HTP and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Effexor and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Capsule: 100 mg
Tablet: 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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5-Hydroxytryptophan
Venlafaxine Hcl
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between 5-HTP and Effexor: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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