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How are 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) supplements regulated?

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The FDA does regulate dietary supplements, but it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L. ed., , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "5-HTP."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Turner, E. , 2006. Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Das, Y. , 2004. Toxicology Letters

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 08, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L. ed., , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "5-HTP."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Turner, E. , 2006. Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Das, Y. , 2004. Toxicology Letters

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 08, 2017

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