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5htp giving me anxiety?
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    tootsieroll is offline Junior Member
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    Hi, i am currently weaning my last bit of celexa at 1mg. This is my last month on this drug after two years of tapering. About a month ago i got hit with major anxiety (string of stressful events) and couldnt sleep, i alternated zoplicone and ativan to counteract and cope with the inability to sleep. Im not taking anything to sleep now but i've been slowly upping my 5htp to 100mg time released.

    Ever since ive started my taper i experienced an onset of anxiety and ocd, although 5htp has now helped those symptoms, i now get panic in my sleep and after an hour i jolt awake and I am wide eyed and sweating with a pounding heart that never goes away. Where melatonin use to work like a charm, now it doesnt even touch the tip of my insomnia.

    For a couple days i also tried to take a dose of 500mg tyrosine in the afternoon to see if it would help the depression and anxiety, while it did make me more alert it made it worse when it wore off. I may try half a dose just to balance the high serotonin. (Or maybe i should just stick to 5htp alone?). I did add holy basil to help my high cortisol levels. It helps to an extent.

    I dont want to give up on 5htp because of my ocd, but this nocturnal anxiety is driving me crazy, literally. The last couple of months life has been so stressful that i thought my body was going to give up. Now i dont know whether i inadvertently put myself in benzo withdrawal, still going through celexa withdrawl or i have high cortisol from stress or the 5htp is not a great fit or i need a higher dose. Please help!!!!!

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    I don't think that this is a result of the 5HTTP. How long were you on the zoplicone and ativan? You may have put yourself into benzo w/d. How much and how long were you on these meds? Did you do any kind of taper?


    Go to a health food store where someone is knowledgeable of what they sell and ask about L-theanine or Serene theanine.

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    Thank you for the reply. I took zoplicone inconsistently but did use 0.5 to 1mg of ativan almost daily for a month. Is it possible to have withdrawal after such a short period. This insomnia and heart palps is crazy. I have tried suntheanine (100mg chewables). But it gives me major headaches, even though i love the feeling it gives me. Shouldn't 5htp be helping me even if it is benzo withdrawal??

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    I don't know your question about the 5http, try valerian root? Talk to person at the healthfood/ supplement place about alternatives for anxiety. Yes, you can have benzo w/d from just a short time using them consistently and they are the most awful drug bar none to come off of, although it sounds like the celexa was tough enough, that may be part of it as well.I wouldn't go back to taking any of those though. It's going to take awhile before the chemicals in your brain balance properly. I would try to get some exercise, drink a lot of water!

    Peace,

    Iloerose

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    Yes this is the worst ever. Can i take valerian while still on a tiny dose of celexa? Which is a SSRI?

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    That I don't know. I would find an herbalist at a health food/supplement place and ask

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