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5-hydroxytryptophan (generic name)

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Authors/Editors: Tracee Abrams, PharmD (University of Rhode Island); Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD (University of Toronto); Robert D'Alessandro, MS (Northeastern University); Nicole Giese, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Michael Goble, BS, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Dana Hackman, BS (Northeastern University); Paul Hammerness, MD (Harvard Medical School); Sadaf Hashmi, MD, MPh (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health); Lisa Scully, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Erica Seamon, PharmD (Nova Southeastern University); Michael Smith, MRPharmS, ND (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine); Shaina Tanguay-Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Candy Tsourounis, PharmD (University of California); Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Mamta Vora, PharmD (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration).


DISCLAIMER: Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to Selected references are listed below.

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Belongia EA, Hedberg CW, Gleich GJ, et al. An investigation of the cause of the eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome associated with tryptophan use. The New England Journal of Medicine 8-9-1990;323(6):357-365.

Birdsall, T. C. 5-Hydroxytryptophan: a clinically-effective serotonin precursor. Altern Med Rev 1998;3(4):271-280.

Bono G, Micieli G, Sances, G, et al. L-5HTP treatment in primary headaches: an attempt at clinical identification of responsive patients. Cephalalgia 1984;4(3):159-165.

Caruso I, Sarzi Puttini P, Cazzola M, et al. Double-blind study of 5-hydroxytryptophan versus placebo in the treatment of primary fibromyalgia syndrome. J Int Med Res. 1990;18(3):201-209.

De Giorgis G, Miletto R, Iannuccelli M, et al. Headache in association with sleep disorders in children: a psychodiagnostic evaluation and controlled clinical study--L-5-HTP versus placebo. Drugs Exp Clin Res. 1987;13(7):425-433.

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Poldinger W, Calanchini B, Schwarz W. A functional-dimensional approach to depression: serotonin deficiency as a target syndrome in a comparison of 5-hydroxytryptophan and fluvoxamine. Psychopathology 1991;24(2):53-81.

Puttini PS, Caruso I. Primary fibromyalgia syndrome and 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan: a 90-day open study. J Int Med Res 1992;20(2):182-189.

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Thomson J, Rankin H, Ashcroft GW, et al. The treatment of depression in general practice: a comparison of L- tryptophan, amitriptyline, and a combination of L-tryptophan and amitriptyline with placebo. Psychol Med 1982;12(4):741-751.

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Trouillas P, Brudon F, Adeleine P. Improvement of cerebellar ataxia with levorotatory form of 5- hydroxytryptophan. A double-blind study with quantified data processing. Arch.Neurol 1988;45(11):1217-1222.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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