Does 5-Hydroxytryptophan Cause Side Effects?
As with any medication or supplement, side effects are possible with 5-hydroxytryptophan
). However, as with most supplements, very little information is available about 5-hydroxytryptophan side effects, as large, adequately designed clinical studies have not been performed. Large studies are important in order to find any rare side effects.
Side Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan to Report
There are a number of less common, but more serious side effects of 5-hydroxytryptophan that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
- Severe muscle pain, which is an early sign of eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS), which may be associated with 5-hydroxytryptophan use
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as itching, hives, a rash, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth or throat.
Possible Side Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan
Many of the reported 5-hydroxytryptophan side effects are related to the digestive system
, and may include:
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite.
Final Thoughts on Side Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan
It is possible that you may experience some or none of these 5-hydroxytryptophan side effects explained above. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking 5-hydroxytryptophan. You should also let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of 5-hydroxytryptophan, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.