Improves Mood, Helps Sleep
May 31, 2011
I've been using this 5HTP for about 10 months now. It helps me sleep like i did when i was a teenager, plus it improved my mood very quickly. I felt better the next day. I had been on a low dose of Paxil for 9 months prior because of a difficult work situation (which i quit) but wanted off because of the side effects. the only side effect i've had from this is very vivid dreams. My 21 yr old college son was on Celexa for anxiety and depression for about 1 year and also wanted off. He waited 4 months before starting the 5HTP and also felt better immediately. He's now been on it for 6 months and after years of insomnia he's sleeping well at night. He also has some seasonal depression because it is dark & rainy in our area throughout the winters. Now my 19 yr old daughter has begun taking it - pressures of freshman year of college were making it hard for her to sleep and very prone to tears. she also felt better within 2 days. I have nothing but good things to say about it, although after passing it out to several friends, most weren't as thrilled as i was. To me, it's all good.
Pros:low cost; fewer side effects than prescription drugs; better sleep; better mood
Cons:i only take 1 capsule a night - taking 2 makes me too sleepy the following morning. some weird dreams.