Posted by: Naz | 2009/10/09


Dear Doc, I am trying to decrease my use of Lorien and want to know if you have any comment on 5-HTP? On the internet it says it is a direct precursor for the neurotransmitter serotonin (the “ feel good”  hormone). 5-HTP has profound mood-lifting and anti-depressant effects (but without the side effects).

Thank you

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Thank you for your query. Firstly, let me say that 5-HTP (5-hydroxytrytophan) is a dietary supplement and not a prescription medication.As such, there has been relatively little good research on its usefulness and safety as an anti-depressant in people with depression. Because of the lack of good data, we don't know whether it is effective in treating depression and so at this stage it would be premature to use it as an alternative to an antidepressant, like Lorien. It is also not free of side effects; the most commonly associated side effects are nausea, vomiting nad diraahoea. Less commonly, headache. sleeplessness, and palpitations (throbbing heart) can occur.
However,if you want to take 5-HT in addition to Lorien (and then decrease your dose of Lorien), it is important that you discuss this with your treating doctor first- such a combination treatment must be initiated under close superviosion.

Best wishes,
Dr S Seedat

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