5htp and benefits

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moekelly24
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have read some things on here about 5htp and samE supplements.  I have tried many meds and always have the bad side effects with them.  I dont sleep well and I have almost constant leg pain.
 
Anyone think that the 5htp is worth a try?  I have taken elavil for 2 days but it makes me drowsy all day and I am going to stop before it gets too much in my system and I cant stop without weaning off.
 
any advice is welcome..
 
thanks
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey MoeKelly...
    I haven't tried 5htp I do super cissus and bio-sil, which helps a lot with the pain and repairing the joints. I just picked up a bottle of CMO (cetyl myristoleate). I guess the CMO doesn't have any side effects either. I'm going to try it as I still have a bad time at night, too. When I lay down the muscles seem to sieze up pretty bad. I don't know if anyone else has spasms that feel like someone is wadding them up in a ball and throwing them on the floor. I sometimes sit on the couch and roll up into a ball and then the spasm passes for a minute or two and hits again. I'm just waiting for the drool to start coming out of my mouth.
     If you try the 5htp let me know how it works,
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Carnissa
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   Posted 7/19/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
i used to use immovane... its was great didn't get that drosy feeling.. and helped me stay asleep
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moekelly24
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   Posted 7/19/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I just have a bad time with meds. My dr gave me amitryptilene 25mg and I cant stay awake. I cut one in half and will see how that goes. I also take mtx 4tabs a week and that does seem to help, but he is going to wean me off in a few months..
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I did the amatriptoline for a few months and the drymouth was horrible...then came the hair loss (another side effect). I was growing my hair for a locks of love donation so that wasn't good (I recently took off 2 1/2 feet).  Noratriptoline works the same was. Clinoril worked o.k. for a while but then stopped working. Cymbalta and Lyrica were nightmare city. I felt worse on them than I did before taking them. My neighbor was diagnosed with fibro about 15 years ago and she has a little kid. She has also tried the cymbalta and lyrica with severe side effects. She got nightmares and was seeing things which scared her pretty bad.

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   Posted 7/20/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!

I wanted to ad a word about the Elavil. I too react stronly to antidepressants but without them I'm a pile of sobbing hiding in the closet. What my doctor did was let me reduce my dosage to the smallest I could and yet I still got some nice benefits without the symptoms. I told him I could lick the lid of the midicine bottle and get enough medicine to work for me...lol After about a year I felt like it wasn't working any more so we upped it a tiny bit. No side effects yet good control.

I'm sharing this in case you, or others, feel they would benefit from this medication, or any other for that matter, but the side effects are miserable. This approach might work for you.

Just a reminder to all...only do this with your doctor's knowledge. There are several medications that you can NOT cut in 1/2 without life threatening side effects...Oxycontin being one of them. Remember this is YOUR body we're talking about....your and/or mine, and it's our choice as what we put into it. While most of these types of side effects will go away after a while, it may be much easier and smarter to ease into them more lightly....

Just a thought...
Chutz
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boo32
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   

hi,

I can't get 5htp but like most of you the amytripelene was good for pain but i couldn't stay awake. I take otc meds for pain. Paracetomol, Ibuprofen and codeine. I found co q10 good and glucosamine/chondrointin.

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moekelly24
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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been cutting the elavil 25mg in half for a few days and it is great now.. it is just what I need.. I sleep well but not sleepy when I get up and get moving..I feel better mental wise too, I cant seem to get right with hormones after hysterectomy 5 yrs ago but this is the closest on this medicine.

Chutz.. my dr advised me to try to rub the pill on my skin!! funny huh?? cymbalta was awful, bad sick and sleepy, made me angry too..

I didnt know you cant cut meds in half.. I hope the elavil is not one of them.. how can I look that up?

thanks a bunch!!!
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