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Generic: 5-hydroxytryptophan
an herbal product - treats Obesity, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep disorders, Fibromyalgia, Seizures/epilepsy, Alcoholism, Headaches, Neurologic disorders, Psychiatric disorders, Down's syndrome, and Cerebellar ataxia

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WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Aggression, agoraphobia (fear of open/ public spaces), Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fatal progressive neurological disease), anorexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, bipolar disorder, bulimia nervosa, cough, deficiency (aromatic L- amino acid decarboxylase deficiency; serotonin deficiency), delirium tremens (DTs), diabetes, digestion, dizziness, dystonia (muscle spasms), eating disorders (binge eating), endocrine disorders (Cushing's syndrome), eye disorders (ophthalmoplegia), hepatitis, herpes virus infection (Ramsey- Hunt's syndrome), hormonal disorders, inflammation, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, mood disorder, myoclonic disorders (Lance- Adams syndrome), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), pain, panic disorder, Parkinson's disease, phenylketonuria, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), psychosis (LSD- induced), restless leg syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, sexual dysfunction, temperature regulation.


Adults (18 years and older)

In general, most studies have administered 5- HTP at low doses and for a short duration. A common dose used is 300 milligrams per day, which has been taken for depression or headache. Doses as high as 1,600 milligrams per day or 16 milligrams per kilogram per day over 12 months have been studied. Starting with low doses (50 milligrams three times daily) and increasing the dosage gradually may minimize side effects such as nausea.

Children (younger than 18 years)

There is not enough scientific data to recommend 5- HTP for use in children, and 5- HTP is not usually recommended because of potential side effects. However, for headache, 100 milligrams daily for 12 weeks has been used.

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