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Tryptophan Feedback and Side Effects

i have done a lot of research on l-tryptophan before i started taking it for my sleeping problems, before i was taking xanax and over the counter sleeping pills at the same time every night just to go to sleep and i would still wake up in the middle of the night, ambien would only let me sleep about 4 hours, now that i am taking 1500mg a day of l-tryptophan with a b-complex vitamin i can actually fall asleeep on my own just after 2 weeks of use....i normally dont write letters like this but i am so impressed with its capbilities i wanted to tell my story....max spurlin

Posted by: max spurlin at November 29, 2004 1:05 PM

Been taking it once a day (500mg). Initial low grade headaches. Eventually went away. Clearly noticed less anxiety, but the diarrhea is ridiculous: 7 to 8 trips to the pot a day. It is wearing me out.

Posted by: Rob at April 14, 2005 12:19 PM

Tryptophan was very, very helpful to my mother many years ago before it was taken off of the market. After that she had many problems with anxiety and depression which I know would have been helped with tryptophan. Consequently she died due to problems with the medications she was on. When possible it is always better to go to nature for a cure not drugs.

Posted by: Karen at May 3, 2005 9:03 AM

I am one of the unfortunate persons who used LT for migraines and PMS at the recommended dosage in the late 1980s and got the novel disease Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome (EMS). I was 39 years old and now, all these years later, I am really sick from all the secondary illnesses and effects of the disease. Most people don't realize how devastating EMS was and continues to be for those who got sick from using it. Some persons were left quads from using it and have died by now; others have never walked again, though they are not quads. Most of us were not paralyzed,of course, but we have suffered immense chronic pain, neuropathy, scloeroderma-like skin conditions, depression and/or anxiety caused by the illness (because many of us did not use it for depression), and other secondary diseases like Fibromyalgia, CFS, Sjogren's and TMJ. I am no fan of the FDA at all and do not think that they did their job in protecting us from this calamity. But there is no way that my life will ever be the same because of the scarring of my skin similar to that of a burned person in areas. I can barely walk 50 feet at a time. I want to caution people who use over the counter products, whatever they are, esp. supplements, that supplements are not regulated and sometimes impurities do occur that cause sickness or serious problems. I know, because I've talked to the people - including some using LT lately. Some persons just get sick from a substance regardless of what it is as any pill can be a bad thing for someone somewhere or if you take a whole country, some people. No -no epidemic out there that I know of, but people need to be careful in combining medications, inform their doctors of what they use, etc. Just because something says "natural" does not mean it is. Nothing in a bottle is natural, in my opinion. And I do take some over the counter things, but tryptophan is not one I could ever take again, as you can see.

Posted by: Marylin Rumph at January 26, 2006 5:05 PM


Posted by: LIZ at March 12, 2007 10:10 AM

When taking l-tryptophan make sure to take it with vitamin B-6 and orange juice or some kind of sugary drink so it will have a transport thru the blood to the brain barrier.

Posted by: MAX at October 25, 2010 10:23 PM

I am not blaming anyone, but Tryptophan causes me horrible, weird night mares. I like seafood, but I did not know how much Tryptophan is in seafood.
I can not eat it anymore. If anyone out there is eating seafood and getting nightmares, it could be the Tryptophan. For reasons I do not understand, it really screws up my brain chemistry.

Posted by: scott robinson at September 4, 2012 12:40 PM

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