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What drugs may interact with tryptophan?

Tryptophan (also called L-tryptophan) can have severe, even life-threatening interactions with a number of drugs. These include antidepressants that work by enhancing the effects of the neurotransmitter serotonin, such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and others. Drugs that can interact dangerously also include some used to relax you or help you sleep, to relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, or to prevent seizures, such as clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien) and others. Severe interactions are also considered possible for some painkillers, antipsychotics, and cough medicines.

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