Various medical conditions (physical and psychological) require different treatments in order to resolve an individual’s symptoms and/or pain. One of the more common treatments for depression is that of 5-HTP; however, the use of this type of medication does present itself with different risks and side effects. To ensure the use of 5-HTP is suitable for your needs and will not cause complications, it is recommended you conduct some of your own research and consult your doctor before trying any supplement. This article will provide information on 5-HTP, as well as the possible side effects and risks.
5-Hydroxytryptophan, more commonly known as 5-HTP, is a chemical found within a human’s brain and is necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis. If the level of 5-HTP in the brain is not in balance with other chemicals in the brain one will experience a variety of unhealthy symptoms, including depression and anxiety. Nowadays, 5-HTP is available in the form of a supplement to ensure that this imbalance does not occur through a larger creation of serotonin in the brain.
Similar to all types of supplements, there are various side effects and risks that must be taken into account. One of the most common risks with regards to the 5 HTP supplement is if it is taken at the same time as an anti-depressant. Always check with your physician before trying this supplement. If taken without careful supervision, this supplement may be taken in an inappropriate amount leading to possible side effects, such as nausea, confusion, restlessness and headaches. The symptoms may present themselves within the first 24 hours after an individual overdoses on the 5-HTP supplement.
Also, one could experience harmful 5-HTP side effects if this supplement is taken in conjunction with other serotonin-targeting supplements, such as St. John’s Wort or SSRI’s. Individuals currently taking medication to treat depression or anxiety should also avoid 5-HTP as the serotonin amount may be raised to dangerous levels which could lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate and cardiovascular problems.
Individuals who are at risk for heart disease and females who are pregnant should also avoid 5-HTP supplements as these can lead to increased blood pressure.
When reading this article one may believe that the 5-HTP supplement is more dangerous to one’s health than beneficial; however, this is not true. In fact, research has indicated that the 5-HTP supplement shows side effects in only 3% of users. Furthermore, if one’s medical practitioner monitors one’s use of this supplement there is a less chance of any 5-HTP side effects being experienced. When used correctly, the 5-HTP supplement can be highly advantageous in increasing levels of serotonin in the brain and restoring a sense of psychological and physical well-being. This supplement can be found at various pharmacies and at online stores; however it is recommended that one purchase the supplement at a local pharmacy instead of online.
As can be seen, there are various risks to utilizing this supplement; however, this is evident with all treatments. By completing research and consulting a medical professional there is little chance that one will experience the side effects of 5-HTP.