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Posted by: Lawrence | 2005/07/04

Can 5HTP be used with Aropax ?

Dear Sir,

For several months now I seem to be suffering from what has been diagnosed by three GP's as anxiety.

Against my GP's initial advise I decided to attempt to solve the disorder by using natural supplements, one being 5HTP.

After approximately 40 days of 2 - 3 tablets a day 5HTP has relieved the symptoms, however I now feel it would best to go with my GP's advise and commence using Aropax as prescribed by my GP's.

My question is, is it safe to still continue using 5HTP with Aropax and if not can I commence using Aropax immediately or should there be a waiting period from the time I discontinue 5HTP to then start using Aropax.

Thanking you in advance for any advise you can offer.

Yours truly.
Lawrence.

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My first problem, Lawrence, is that there is absoloutely nothing "natural" about 5HTP supplements, except in the unhelpful sense that arsenic and strychnine are natural, too. They do not occur in nature, and it is not natural to take large amounts of such chemicals by mouth --- this has never occurred naturally. And the manufacturers, trying to avoid being classified as drugs, might falsely advertise them as "natural", but have also avoided any requirement to prove that their product is safe, or that it has any benefits whatever. Empty claims, without good data, does no earn respect.
But, especially with a condition like anxiety, there is usually a very powerful placebo effect, so that whatever product you took, having a belieef that it would help, would indeed help you to feel better --- een if someone else had sneaked into your home at night, removed all of whatever the supposedly active ingredient was, and replaced it with flour or sugar.
Because the manufacturers and marketers of pseudo-natural products like 5-HTP have evaded the requirements of the MCC and other regulatory authorities, they havent needed to do any research, so there is no data I have seen, on whether combining their stuff with ANy other drug would be beneficial, neutral, or fatal.
I would be very hesitant to combine them. As calli mentions one could suspect that it could increase the risk of the otherwise very rare Serotonin syndrome, which is a serious complication that makes one significantly ill and een potentially fatal. Where I disagree with calli is about consulting a Homeopath about this issue, because homeopaths have NO proper training in matters of internal brain chemistry, serotonin, etc, and if they are a true homeopath, tey would believe in using ANY substance in doses so infinitesimally tiny ( normal scientific calculations would sugest that they dilute the substances they use so greatly that there may or may not be a single atom of the ingredient present ) that they would surely consider ANy dose of unnatural 5HTP to be a huge overdose according to their belief system.

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Posted by: calli | 2005/07/04

As far as i know it cannot be taken with aropax because they both affect the seratonin release in the brain, taking both together can cause seritonin syndrome (not really sure what this is) but i am assuming that it could be over production of serotonin. My advise is contact a homeopath who has knowledge of both conventional and natural medicines before you make this cross over. I am also sure that you cannot just go from 5htp to aropax but i could be wrong. Try the internet on 5htp there is a lot of information on this product.

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Posted by: Jo | 2005/07/04

I take 5HTP, and as far as I know you cannot take it with Aropax, or any other form of anti-dep or anxiety-related drug...
I have also noticed that there is a HUGE difference in the different labels selling 5HTP, and so far have only found one of them to be potent enough to have an effect.

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