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2/27/11 12:29 A

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I was prescribed Ambien for insomnia but it gave me diarrhea so I quit taking it. However, I never had the wierd side effects.

My sleep issue is staying asleep, and going back to sleep when I awake during the night like to use the bathroom. I'm good for about 4 to 5 hours then sometime can't sleep again at all, or else it takes a couple hours to go back to sleep.

Since working with my latest doctor on changing some medications, I found that 5 HTP (200mg) at night plus melatonin (50mg) helps. He says the melatonin is short term active so I take the sublingual type under my tongue when I wake up and it helps me go back to sleep sooner. I also will drink some hot tea when I awake if I can't get right back to sleep. I'll wait about 15 or 20 minutes and if I'm getting restless, just get up and reheat some from the tea pot. I watch a little TV - PBS can sometime bore me enough to fall back asleep. I go to bed rather early so I don't have to worry about getting enough hours of sleep.
I also try to walk outside every day for 30 minutes before 1:00pm to stimulate the pineal gland. It sets up a reaction thru our eyes that resets the body's clock so that we are tired and producting the right chemicals to sleep thru the night. That is what the sleep specialist told me and it seems to help. Another suggestions was to go home after work and spend 10 minutes clearing my mind. You could meditate but I simply lay down in a quiet room with the shade down, and unwind. Then right before bed, I inhale some lavender oil by breathing it in deeply three times in each nostril. Since implementing these changes, my sleep has improved. It isn't perfect but it is bettter quality esepcially the early morning hours after the initial "4 or 5 hr "nap" during the first part of the night.

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10/17/10 7:12 A

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I swear by my 5-HTP!! I take the Natrol Time Release 200 mg tablets just before bedtime. For me, it works within 20-30 minutes, depending on how active I am during the day. It says on the instructions to take with food, which is counterproductive for my weight loss goals, so I am going to try to take it without.

I have obstructive sleep apnea, am 'hooked up' every night to my CPAP machine, and was having terrible troubles sleeping on a schedule when I was out of work. Earlier in the year, I was on Paxil for depression and was looking for an alternative to it, because it made me so groggy the entire day. My alternative became the 5-HTP, and I am so grateful that I've found it.

My mood has elevated quite a bit, I haven't had it help in the controlling appetite area, but sleeping 5-7 hours a night on a regular basis and waking up refreshed is such a wonderful change in my life, and has motivated me in other areas.

It's on the expensive side, I paid $27 for 30 tablets at GNC, but that's because it was a convenient place to shop for me. I am sure there are better deals out there.

It sure beats Paxil for the benefits it provides. (Though, my prescription for Paxil was only $4. This is a lot more expensive than that, isn't that a shame?)

I don't ever want to go back to feeling the way I was, and getting a (what is for me) good night's sleep is a HUGE start. I'm grateful I found something that works for ME. We're all different, and what works for each of us is different, too.

I hope everyone finds something that works for them! emoticon

Edited by: A_WISER_LAURA at: 10/17/2010 (07:23)
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9/21/10 6:16 P

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I have been taking 5htp for about 2 months. I am up to 300mg about 1 hour before bed. I take the enteric coated ones, but open them up, so they act faster.

Dr. Murphree (search him out on youtube) recommends taking it with grape juice to speed it across the blood/brain barrier.

I can't say that my sleep has improved in the sense of 'solidity'(I still wake up), but I am awaking more refreshed, which counts for a lot.

I've been taking both Imovane (zopiclone) and trazadone at bedtime. Now, I usually only have to take one of those.

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8/11/10 10:13 P

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I have been taking this off and on for about 3 months and have no complaints. I get the Vitamin Shoppe brand at 100mg with vitamin B6 in it. First time I took it I was drowsy in 30min. Now I take it about 2hrs before I know I want to go to sleep. It doesn't knock you like Tylenol PM (which I am not a fan of) but it makes you a bit drowsy so it helps you fall asleep, doesn't put you to sleep (hope that makes sense).

Also, I have never been drowsy from it which is a major plus.

I have not noticed a decrease in appetite or mood enhancement like others have experienced. The help in falling asleep is good enough for me.

Hope this helps.

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5/15/10 11:18 P

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I have been taking it for years. I started taking it for depression. One in the morning. My Dr. has tried me on many different meds and I have bad reactions to them. The 5-HTP has not given me any problems. My family can tell when I do not take it. I do get better sleep and I have dreams when I take it at night.

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4/27/10 8:05 P

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I SIMPLY TOOK IT CAUSE IT DOES WORK AND IT HELP U SLEEP AND SUPPRESS U A PETITE.

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2/23/10 4:24 P

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From Wikipedia:
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP; Oxitriptan) is a naturally occurring amino acid, a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin and an intermediate in tryptophan metabolism. It is marketed in the United States and other countries as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid. According to a 2001 meta-analysis, no sufficient high quality research had, at that point, been done to establish its effectiveness for treatment of clinical depression or dysthymia.

I'm finding my use of 5HTP to be hit and miss when it comes to my sleep, but my food cravings have suddenly pretty much disappeared since I've begun taking it every night. If I take it at bedtime, I don't sleep. So far my experience has been, if I take it when I go to bed, I won't sleep. When I take it in the middle of the night when I wake up, I do seem to be able to get back to sleep.
The directions do say to take on an empty stomach, that may be why it only works late night for me.


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2/23/10 4:13 P

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I'm new here...what is 5 htp? I have been taking klonopin, very low dose, to sleep at night and while it works, I am going to stop taking it (under a doc's supervision) b/c I know that that class of drugs is not good!!!! Anyway, don't know what my sleep will be like without it, so I am curious about exactly what this is?? Thank yoU!

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2/21/10 12:08 A

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I'm taking it with GABA. I'm having better luck taking the 5HTP when I wake up in the night, rather than at bedtime. the GABA I am taking about 20 minutes before bed, with my electrolyte drink which helps me keep from having charly horses in the middle of the night.

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2/7/10 2:30 A

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I've been using 5htp for a few months now and its awesome...except when I'm on steroids for my asthma then it makes me really sick ( like throwing up sick). Other than that its awesome...it helps you lose weight, puts you in a better mood and you sleep better! I highly reccomend it

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2/6/10 1:12 P

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now/ 50mg. have used it for three nights and sleep is getting better everyday

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2/5/10 12:08 A

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aw thats great! which brand and dosage are you on?

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2/4/10 11:55 P

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Took it for the first time lastnight. Slept better than I have in awhile. Even had dreams.

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1/26/10 1:24 P

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has anyone heard of 5HTP as a sleep aid? if so... is it helpful?

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