14 patient evaluations for 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

May 6, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastrointestinal dysmotility)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hot flash after eating, flushing)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 5-HTP is a serotonin precursor. Serotonin is well-known as a hormone that affects one's mood in a positive way, but it is probably less-well known that it increases intestinal motility. It has worked magic for my symptoms. I am completely regular now, and the majority of my days are good days, whereas before I began taking it the majority of my days were bad days that began with symptoms of constipation and intestinal pain or discomfort. For me, at least, this is not a prescription. I began taking 5-HTP after my fiancee'--who had already been taking it to help her mood and, primarily, her difficulty sleeping through the night--learned it can be helpful when taken for gastrointestinal motility, and I began taking it myself shortly after that (and felt its effects almost immediately). Although not entirely unexpected, my slightly enhanced good moods are a nice side benefit of taking the supplement. I do get some very mild undesirable side effects, especially during mid-day when I take twice my morning and evening dose of 100 mg. Sometimes my face feels hot and flushes fairly noticeably--and this may be intensified with eating--but those symptoms subside within probably 30 minutes or less.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 18, 2016 (Started Dec 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Wasn't sure if this was making my depression a lot worse. I also was having very vivid dreams
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 2, 2016 (Started Dec 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips:  I feel like it really makes a difference the next day after I take this, especially when my depression gets really bad. I decided to stop taking it while I was on my mediation retreat because I wanted to see if there was a difference.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 10, 2015 (Started Dec 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 1, 2014 (Started Dec 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Not really sure if it is working, I don't really feel the need to take this at the moment, so I am just going to stick to Valerian root a couple times a week as needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 2013 (Started Dec 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Made me feel just a little bit better, so I felt I could get through the day. Just a little tiny boost
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 5, 2016 (Started Jul 05, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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