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Re: What Ive learned about lexapro/SSRIs so far

Posted by ogopogo on August 29, 2004, at 13:09:23

In reply to What Ive learned about lexapro/SSRIs so far, posted by robot on August 2, 2004, at 1:05:36

Hi, I'm a 19 year old Male who is also taking 5-HTP with 10mg of Lexapro. I am not feeling any negative side-effects from the 5-HTP and am actually wondering whether or not some individuals have an impaired ability to convert Tryptophan to 5-HTP.

Why I would ponder this is only because since I have begun taking this medication, about 6-8 months now, I have felt more alive, less mentally cloudy and am finally feeling back to normal.

I don't think that it's safe for everyone to take 5-HTP with an SSRI; after all Grave's disease(overdose of Seratonin in the blood) can lead to heart attack, stroke, blood pressure issues and other such problems. I would just watch your eye pressure and if you begin to feel any substantial amount of pressure, or if your eyes are beginning to bulge a little; I would certainly discontinue.

But, the main thing to keep in mind is that no "real" studies have been done on 5-HTP and as such: take what the drug companies say at a grain of salt. We have to remember that by taking anti-depressants, we are customers.

The main thing is, you're feeling better. If it's working for you and making you feel alive again, just keep it up... with the exception of illegal drugs and Alcohol abuse of course :-).

Glad to hear you're also feeling better! Just remember to keep on smiling :-).




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