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If I am pregnant, is it safe to take tryptophan?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Do not take tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan) if you're pregnant. It can cause serious breathing problems for your fetus.

    Tryptophan was linked to the outbreak of a serious neurological condition that led to a number of deaths in 1989. It was temporarily banned. Although it is once again available, it is still considered possibly unsafe.
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