Up John Complera / 5htp

Bear 50 Says:

I've been doing very well with Complera since January. I have been wondering if I can take 5HTP with it. I am a 50 year old female in fairly good physical health but I'm really depressed and low on energy. I use to take 5HTP a few years ago and had great results with it but need to see if it can work again. Don't want to mess up the Complera so any help would be appreciated!

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Bear 50! How are you?

I didn't find any interactions listed between them in the MedScape database, but it's always best to double check such information to be safe, but if your doctor approves, there shouldn't be any problem with your taking it.

According to the FDA, Complera is used to treat HIV and it may cause side effects, such as nausea, headache and insomnia.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Bear 50 Says:

Thank you for your reply! I've had so little info and very few people to discuss this with. I get so damned depressed and my energy levels could be better. 5HTP was such a lifesaver when I first used it and I can't wait to verify it with my doctor (just to b safe). I hate the side effects of lexipro and 5HTP also kept me clear headed and didn't kill my libido! Sorry to get so personal but my luck with anti depressants hasn't been good!

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Verwon Says:

No worries about getting personal, allowing you to do so and remain anonymous, so you can get the information you need, is why this site exists.

Have you ever tried Prozac/Fluoxetine?

I've had good luck with it, no libido problems and only mild side effects for a few weeks, when I first started taking it.

The FDA lists it as being an SSRI, which may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, irritability and weight loss.

Just a suggestion that you can ask your doctor about, if you've not already tried it.

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Bear 50 Says:

Thank you so much! I'll b checking with my Doctor in a few weeks......have a wonderful New Year!!

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Verwon Says:

Very welcome and have a great new year, yourself!

Please post back and keep me updated! Thanks!

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Jaye Says:

Hi, do you have an update to provide on how the 5-HTP worked for you while on Complera?

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