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Good Effects, but Am I Reliant on It?
5-HTP
by digital caveman
Citation:   digital caveman. "Good Effects, but Am I Reliant on It?: An Experience with 5-HTP (exp21798)". Erowid.org. Dec 30, 2004. erowid.org/exp/21798

 
DOSE:
75 mg oral Tryptophan - 5-HTP (daily)

BODY WEIGHT: 140 lb


I've been taking 5-htp for 2 months now. So, I am familiar with its effects. I took it for a mood lift, and to see if it would help me sleep. I took 50mg once every other day usually, but it varied. Here are some observations of more immediate effects:

Mood lift- yes, it seems to reverse depressed feelings, and lower anxiety

Sleep- seems to induce a light sleepiness that lasts about 2 hours (50mg), increased dreaming is recalled.

Anxiety- lowers anxiety short term

Decreased Appetite- this is what a lot of 5-htp is sold for. Yes, an undesired effect of low appetite and slight upset stomach were noticed up to 6 hours after taking it.

Drug interactions- weed: increases high significantly. 2C-I taken 8 hours after: increased euphoria. 100mg taken 4 hours after mdma helped make a smoother comedown. GBL, alcohol: not a good combo. Increased sedation, less euphoria.

After being on it for 3 weeks (50mg once a day), I noticed if I hadn't taken it for 2 days, I would feel depressed, anxious, and lousy, definately more so than normal. I still notice this, even if I just missed 1 day now. The body relies on the external source, and that doesn't sound good.

I will keep taking it, right now it is 75mg once a day. This morning I woke up feeling terrible and anxious. But, I took a 5-htp to experiment, and 2 hours later I felt fine.

Be careful taking it long term. I will probably quit soon, I feel almost dependent on it. It works 100x better than SSRI's like paxil and celexa in my opinion. Those drugs only caused me problems.

I was looking up info on 5-htp, and found a vitamin store selling it. Theyre recommended dosage was 100mg 3X a day. This pissed me off, how greedy and inconsiderate they are. Doing that for a while would definately mess with my brain. The recommended dosage on the bottle I have is 50mg once a day, or 75mg once a day. This even may be too much after a while.

Exp Year: 2003ExpID: 21798
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Dec 30, 2004Views: 44,215
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