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  • By Blaine

    Has anyone tried 5-HTP?

    I’ve been using it for a couple of months now. I get it at Costco. Supposedly it is for “calming” but I haven’t noticed any of that. I have noticed that if I have early symptoms of an impending migraine, 5-HTP will make it go away…for about 3-4 hours. I end up taking 4-6 a day which is kind of annoying (especially at night). I don’t take it if I don’t feel a migraine coming on.

    It has allowed me to avoid rebounds without medication, and put more days in between migraines. I generally don’t respond to mild medication so anything that helps at all is pretty great.

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Blaine,

    Thank you for sharing your success story with us. I don’t have any experience with 5-HTP but maybe others will be along to lend their experience with you.

    Did you speak with your doctor before you started taking this supplement? “Natural” supplements are not harmless, they do interact with other medications and it’s always a good idea to discuss taking new things with the doctor first. Take a look at this article for more information;