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I used 5-HTP to wean myself off of an SSRI. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. It's probably not as effective as an SSRI, but much fewer side effects. I take one at night with .5 mg Melatonin before bed. My lows definitely aren't as low and I can snap out of them more easily. I have more happy days. I haven't experienced the appetite control as advertised, but I think you need higher doses to get that effect.
My wife tried many different scripts (zoloft, paxil, prozax) and over the counter ( st johns worts, SAMe) meds for depression. None really helped and each really just made it compound the issue since alongside the depression was the fact that the pills were not working and running out of options with each failure. I'm not sure where she heard of this drug as an OTC anti-depressant, but i ordered it.
She was pessimistic as usual but about a week afterwards, i was noticing that she was accepting my typical invitations to go shopping with me, or simply grabbing food and actually eating out. People who have never lived with someone with depression don't realize how the little things matter to a spouse. I always would ask "do you want to go grab something for dinner?" or "wanna catch a movie?" But the answer was always no. It didn't stop me from asking, but i always the knew the answer.
After about 2 weeks, i noticed that her acceptance of my requests was becoming a regular thing. I asked her about it and she didn't even realize she rarely had accepted my requests to leave the house. She's been on this for about 9 months now and no loss of effect. I only wish a doctor would have suggested this years ago to save us so much grief.
Another fantastic Now Foods supplement. My husband and I had both been taking these for months and felt great. Once we ran out I did not replace them immediately but I just re-ordered last night. I take these usually at bedtime and it helps me relax and wakes me up with a great attitude. A definite mood elevator.
100mg. 5-HTP was ok but I knew I needed a boost because I wasn't quite where I wanted to be. 200mg. 5-HTP with the extra additives in this formula put me where I wanted to be. Dreams are even more funnier than before. I sleep like a rock now too. I can tolerate being around other people better too. Nothing against them personally, but most of the time I'm more comfortable when they're not around.
For OCD and anxiety this has been a life saver! It took a couple of weeks to kick in so if you try it give it a chance. I also take a stress vitamin B supplement, with food, an hour after taking the 5htp on an empty stomach as suggested. I started with 100mg twice a day for a week then switched to the 200mg twice a day, morning before breakfast then just before bed. I hope this helps,
I started taking this for migraines and it has helped significantly. The added benefit is that it has also helped with my mood and appetite control. Although the apetite control is partly because I don't feel like eating because I get slightly queasy. But for me, the benefits have completely outweighed the costs.