What is Natrol 5-HTP?

Category: Supplements

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Generic name: 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

Natrol Maximum Strength 5-HTP is a brand name 5-Hydroxytryptophan, a naturally-occurring amino acid marketed in the United States and other countries as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 6 5
Fibromyalgia 5 3
Depressed mood 2 0
Anxious mood 1 1
Cold and heat intolerance 1 1
Depression with anxiety 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Natrol 5-HTP

Side effect Patients
Heart palpitations 1
Irritability 1
Nightmares 1
Restlessness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Natrol 5-HTP

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Natrol 5-HTP

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Other 2
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Natrol 5-HTP

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1

Stopped taking Natrol 5-HTP

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 6
Not specified 1
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3 patient evaluations for Natrol 5-HTP

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flwrpwr5150
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F43y
FM:7y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See flwrpwr5150's full Natrol 5-HTP history

Mar 26, 2011 (Started Feb 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 2011 (Started Feb 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This supplement has relieved depression, anxiety and PMS symptoms, helped control my appetite, and has assisted in a relief from severe pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
Heat Intolerance
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Heat Intolerance
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: None
Fatigue: None
Sleep: None
Stiffness: None
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: none
Description:F50y
CFS:22y Dx
I am: g
I have:
ME/CFS

See Heat Intolerance's full Natrol 5-HTP history

Sep 19, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depression with anxiety)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Cold and heat intolerance)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: NOTE: 200mg might be adequate (I'm experimenting), especially since the cost is high, and some reports exist that liver can be harmed with long term high dosage. I understand average dosing doesn't exceed 250mg, however, my doctor suggested we try 400mg for possibility that it might help me with heat and cold intolerance issues; of which I haven't been able to determine that it does over this 4-5yr usage. I intend to protect my liver and finances by lowering my dosage to 200mg and see if it is still supportive for my mental health. NOTE: It has been a GREAT supplement, and it has so many documented benefits for the body's well being. I'm aware of the many side effects that have been documented as possible, but as sensative as I am to medications, and foods, I have not had side effects from this supplement. I have continued to enjoy great benefit from the supplement. Mental Health is my first line of defense for physical health. I've often considered SAMe or Holy Basil for mental health due to various benefits, however, I understand that SAMe can be very expensive, and Holy Basil might be better utilized for short term stress, versus those who've experienced chronic high stress for long periods of time.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
GameTime
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GameTime
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
29 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See GameTime's full Natrol 5-HTP history

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Feb 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for to increase my short attention span)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It's supposed to take a few weeks to work.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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