What If I Take an Overdose?

It is not known what exactly to expect from a 5-hydroxytryptophan overdose. It is thought that taking too much of this supplement may result in a dangerous group of symptoms known as "serotonin syndrome."
If you think you may have taken too much, seek immediate medical attention.
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Storage Methods for 5-Hydroxytryptophan

Refer to the label of your individual product for information on how best to store 5-hydroxytryptophan. Keep this and all other medications or supplements out of the reach of children.

How Does It Work?

The body converts 5-hydroxytryptophan into serotonin, a very important brain chemical. As a result, taking 5-hydroxytryptophan can increase serotonin levels, which theoretically may help with a variety of conditions, especially mood disorders (such as depression). In addition to affecting mood, serotonin has several other actions in the body, which may be how 5-hydroxytryptophan works for other conditions.

Is 5-Hydroxytryptophan Effective?

There are studies that suggest that the supplement may work for depression and fibromyalgia. However, not enough research has been done to know if 5-hydroxytryptophan is effective for other uses.
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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