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Re: Anybody out there interested in getting better?

Posted by alan on July 19, 1999, at 2:06:58

In reply to Re: Anybody out there interested in getting better?, posted by Cheryl on July 14, 1999, at 18:14:10

> > I would like to know if there are any side effects to taking L-tryptophan..please email

The trouble with those 'natural' treatments is that no quality control is imposed on their manufacture, which is why one bad lot of the stuff containing an impurity killed some people in the US. So it is illegal here now. Second, you never know what the pill you buy actually contains; it may be tryptophan, maybe atthelabeled dosage,but it may not. Third, these 'natural' things have not been studied well enough to be declared safe and effective and to have interactions determined. Usually, any drug that can do some good can do some hard, but if we don't know what harm, we don't know what to watch out for. Fourth, tryptophan with an SSRI might, I guess, make too much serotonin and make you ill, maybe quite ill. Finally, taking too much of trypto at one time might not let other needed things get into your brain. OTOH, trypto does seemto have helped some people.




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