Does anyone have any experience using 5HTP to treat depression? Did it work? What dose did you take? How long did you take it for before you noticed any improvement? Would you recommend it?
My GP has prescribed an SSRI but has agreed that I can try using 5HTP first to see if that makes a difference.
I'm confused about the dosage. Online suggests that you need to take at least 150mg a day for them to be effective, but the 50mg tablets I have say not to take more than 2 a day. Surely it wouldn't hurt to take 3?
5 HTP is used for comedowns quite often. It replaces your serotonin levels as taking MDMA basically diminishes the supplies you have in your brain. Generally, it's only meant to be used in short term I think. Anti depressants are much better for an extended period of time.
I don't see why you can't use it as a bit of a boost first though? I'd be way of exceeding the stated dose on the bottle unless your doctor advises otherwise.
I hated taking anti depressants but accepted that sometimes they're needed temporarily whilst I get into a better place. Been on them since i was 18. I then tried Insanity workouts 3 years ago and I have not been on anti depressants since. Also, stopped taking my pill. I find that hormonal contraception really fucks with my mood. Apparently it's quite common... maybe look into that too?
I'm not on any contraception at the moment (unless you count avoiding sex ). I'm 7 months postpartum and had my first period a couple of weeks ago, so it's possible my hormones are everywhere because of that. Although I've been feeling "up and down" for a while, the last month or so has been more down than up.
I plan to just try taking them for a month or so and see how I feel. I think a lot of my low mood is circumstantial so not sure how well anti-depressants will work. One of the circumstances is that I've been unable to do any sort of exercise due to injury. I'd love to do the insanity workouts!
I read 5htp gives vivid nightmares. Makes me a bit nervous about taking it. Has anyone had nightmares with anti-depressants too? I am trying to figure out if I am better off with a mild dose of SSRI. Thank you.