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5-hydroxytryptophan is a chemical made by the body from an essential amino acid called tryptophan (found in foods). 5-hydroxytryptophan is available as a supplement that may increase serotonin levels in the brain. It helps relieve depression, insomnia, anxiety, and obesity. 5-hydroxytryptophan supplements can cause side effects such as cramping, irregular heartbeats, heartburn, gas, diarrhea, rashes, and appetite loss.

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What are the risks or benefits of taking pills like Natrol 5-HTP?

Query: Hi doctor,I want to know whether taking pills like Natrol 5-HTP and stress enhancer has any benefits. I have a bottle of 200 mg and I want to know whether it causes any respiratory disease like EMS.  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is safe when it is taken by mouth. It can be used safely up to 400 mg daily for a year. But in some cases, there is a development of a condition called eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). It is a serious condition causing extreme muscle tend...  Read Full »

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