L-tryptophan (Tryptophan, Tryptan)

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GENERIC NAME: L-tryptophan

BRAND NAME: Tryptophan, Tryptan

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: L-tryptophan is an herbal supplement used for depression. Chemically it is a natural occurring amino acid obtained from plants and animals. L-tryptophan is an "essential" amino acid because humans cannot make it and must obtain L-tryptophan from food. It is converted in the body to serotonin. People with depression have an imbalance of serotonin and other brain chemicals. Increased serotonin levels in the brain improve symptoms of depression.

PRESCRIBED FOR: L-tryptophan is used for depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, premenstrual syndrome and many other problems.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of L-tryptophan are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/29/2015

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