read this thread, and I am wondering about something. For those of you who have used this product for an extended period of time, do you worry about dependence? I saw where somebody said when they quit taking it their dreams became less vivid and interesting. I would be interested in trying this out, but not at the cost of loosing my ability to recall dreams naturaly, without pharmacalogical assitance that is.

So has anybody used this for extended periods of time and then quit? If so, what was the result.

I wanted to respond to a few posts here.

  1. 5-HTP is not found in cheese. Tryptophan is found in cheese. Tryptophan becomes in part 5-HTP.

  2. Sadly brand will matter as many companies use low quality herbs latent with pesticides and other nasties. GNC sucks. That is my opinion as a nutritionist.

  3. I have taken 5-HTP for long periods of time with only positive results. I stopped taking it without problem.

This is something that is naturally produced by the body. The problem is that there is an extremely poor understanding of proper nutrition out there. Peoples diets tend to either lack tryptophan and peoples small intestines tend not to absorb nutrients from their food and supplements. Also serotonin production is greatly hampered by our stressful modern lives which are so full of pollutants.

whale.to/cancer/k/Chapter_4.html here is a link were you can find information on the why around the small intestine bit.

No I didn’t. I only take either one or two tabs 50mg each.

This night I took 1 tablet and had a long sequence of dreams, very vivid. Even dreamt of an earthquaked town, with all the rubble. Went lucid once I think but lost lucidity soon… :sad:

I’m trying to eat turkey whenever possible for the tryptophan content.

My 5-HTP is HealthAid’s. I’m also experimenting at the moment with green tea extract, that’s interesting stuff.

iv recently started taking these and if you wanna see the effects its had read my dream journal

I just bought NutraStore’s 5HTP 50mg x30 for £4.50 which is quite cheap. Really looking forward to trying them out.

IIRC its exctly the other way round
i could be wrong … :bored:

I took 2 x 50mg tabs 4 hours ago but I just couldn’t get to sleep which is quite worrying and annoying. I think this is down to the fact that i’m pretty ill at the moment and not to do with taking the 5-HTP.

Well it’s a shame since I was looking forward to my dreams tonight. I’ll have to re-try tomorrow night :smile:

Had a vivid nightmare after taking 5-HTP this time…
better than the usual no dreams…
perhaps its starting to work.

well i had to stop taking it. i am having some major stomic and intentence problems.

Since my mom has some, she now takes it every night as a sleeping aid too, so I thought I would try it…

Didn’t remember my dream but I was like… knocked out from sleepiness!

Oh, and I’m a tad bit of an insomniac…

EDIT: brand is Natrol…

I can confirm that 5-HTP does infact increase the vividness of dreams by quite a large margin.

I wouldn’t be using this too often. As the wikipedia article states, it does cause problems (like mild serotonin toxicity, which causes tremors and strong bowel movements). For the most part, only use it if you really need it, like on weekends (which I assume to be the days that most people attempt their LD-ing). Stay safe guys :tongue:

I’m heading down to my local supplement store, I found they have this half price: £7.50 for 60x50mg capsules :grin:

EDIT: Not sure if this has been answered before but I’d like to clear it up: The large amounts of Vitamin B6 in the drugs are there to help the enzymes break it down into serotonin and to get rid of any excess in the body.

Ok , this is weird … I asked in a pharmacy and the woman there claimed its prescription only :confused:
I really wonder wheter thats true (and no ! I will not try doing anything illegal :razz: no warnings needed :smile: )

How queer…I guess it’s because they must use a higher dose of 5-HTP at a pharmacy? I’m not sure.

Could try any supplement shops? (Can’t really help out too much here: Living in the UK, the only shop we have is Holland And Barrett :neutral: )

Other than that, I guess you’ll have to order online.

Which continues ther queernness , an American shop which has a branch in switzerland offers to ship to Austria (and , even though they aren’t in the EU they will definetly keep away from such a Faux Pas )
The website of the ministry of health is a-MAZE-thing. …

But i will continue my recherche :yes:
As far as i see it will be worth it …


Just don’t chew the damn things (if, like me, you have difficulty swallowing pills)- you’ll get a horrific stomach ache! :sad:

I have been trying this for a couple of days for the second time now at 200 mg a day. I have had a good frequency of LDs without this stuff but none with it. Also while taking this supplement I actually become more restless, Wake up more frequently and have amazingly vivid nightmares. Sometimes the nightmares invoking amazing fear at the moment of waking up even though I’m not terribly concerned while dreaming.

Normally I have excellent dream recall remembering 3 to 4 a night. so my advice is don’t bother with this stuff unless you really struggle. If you don’t struggle without it you properly just mess yourself up as I understand you’ll never get an LD if you’re too emotionally involved in the dream to begin with.

I’m this [] close to buying 5-HTP. I’ve been in the health store comparing brands for almost an hour. I found one that had vegi caps.(a must for me since I am super anti animal gelatin caps-yuck)

I first had the idea to take this because of my bad moods. :tongue: I have a history of depression, but now it has turned into just irritation and introversion that I know is not fair to myself and others and I don’t like it. It really seems to me to be a slight chemical imbalance I have.

I have tried St. John’s Wort and that gave me some vivid dreams, but I hear the 5-HTP is better some I’m going to have to give this a try.

Like I said, this is first for my mood, but since this is ld4all, I’ll have to post my results when it comes to my dreaming. :smile: For besides not having very many LD’s lately, my dreams in general need a big boost.

How many mg’s do you plan on taking, #Six?