How does 5-htp work?
5-HTP works by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual
behavior, and pain sensation.
Are there safety concerns?
5-HTP might be unsafe for use. There is concern that it can cause a serious side effect called eosinophilia myalgia syndrome. Some people think this side effect is only caused by a contaminant in some 5-HTP products. But there is not enough scientific evidence to know if it is caused by 5-HTP, a contaminant, or some other factor. Until more is known, 5-HTP should be avoided.
Other potential side effects of 5-HTP include heartburn
, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
, drowsiness, sexual problems
, and muscle problems.
Do not take 5-HTP if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have a condition called Down syndrome.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.