Posted by PaulB on August 9, 2001, at 12:48:09
In reply to Re: phenyalanine-DA precursor » afatchic, posted by SalArmy4me on August 9, 2001, at 9:02:01
> There's No Need to Worry About Caffeine Addiction. RN. 61(1):55-56, January 1998:
> "A patient of mine who drinks anywhere from five to 10 cups of coffee a day is worried that she has become "addicted" to caffeine. Is that possible?
> In a word, No. According to the World Health Organization, caffeine use, in any amount, doesn't result in any physical or social consequences comparable to that of serious drug abuse. When caffeine consumption is abruptly cut off, though, it's not unusual to experience mild side effects. In addition to headaches, these include restlessness and irritability. These can be avoided by gradually decreasing caffeine intake over a few days."
> 1. International Food Information Council Foundation. (1997). Everything you need to know about caffeine. Washington, DC: Author. [Context Link]
I think amino acids can be great antidepressants although they do not work for everybody unfortunately. I have had over a years experience with l-tyrosine now which alleviated my severe depression within 24 hrs last February. Unfortunately when it came to experimenting with 5-HTP and L-tryptophan neither were effective on a contninous basis. I thought that it may have something to do with the fact that serotonin constantly moves in cycles. But I dont know. I would be interested to hear what dosage people take of amino acids because I take much lower and less frequent dosing than is suggested in the books. I used to take 1000mg of l-tyrosine once a week on an empty stomach. Since I have added SAM-E I only need to take 1000mg of l-tyrosine every 3-4 weeks. Im having a heck of a time trying to find something that will help with my social anxiety. Ive tried L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP, Paroxetine, Imipramine and Clonazepam.
Im going to give Gabapentin a try I think now if my pdoc will allow it.
One thing I would add to people who are thinking about trying amino acids for mood disorders is that too much is as useless as too little. In response to too much neurotransmitter the receptors in the brain will shut down temporariliy. Its a type of negative feedback mechanism. Oh, and take it from me SAM-E really helps. Even taking B-Vitmains, and other importnat nutrients, SAM-E was the only substance that restored the effectiveness of l-Tyrosine after I relapsed on it a few months ago.
Dont forget my question-What dosage of amino acids do you take and how often. Thanks