How is 5-HTP Used to Treat Depression?

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5-HTP can be used to treat depression. The way 5-HTP works is that it's converted into a chemical called serotonin which is a naturally occurring neuro-transmittor in your brain and seratonin is very effective at treating depression as well as insomnia and other sort of symptoms, including anxiety.

So 5-HTP because it's a precauser of serotonin can be used very effectively as an anti-depressant. Because 5-HTP can mimic some of the effect of prescription anti-depressive is very important that you mention to your doctor if you are taking any of the class of antidepressants that are for example MAOI inhibitors tricyclic anti-depressives as well as SSRIs or SNRIs.

Additionally there's a very commonly used pain medicine called Oltram or Tramadol which contains Serotonin levels. The reason that it's important to position if you're taking this medicine is that since 5-HTP can raise Serotonin levels taking 5-HTP in conjunction with another medicine that is also raising serotonin levels can be potentially dangerous.