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Do I need a prescription for tryptophan?

You do not need a prescription to take tryptophan in the form of a dietary supplement in the United States but you should talk with your doctor before doing so. Tryptophan, which is an amino acid that prompts the body to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, has been linked in the past to life-threatening reactions, and it may also interact with other medications you're taking.

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