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Who should not use 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) supplements?

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Children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t use 5-HTP supplements, nor should people on antidepressants. Check with a doctor first if you take any other drugs, especially cough medicines, painkillers, or treatments for Parkinson's disease.

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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