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Tryptan (generically known as Tryptophan) is an essential amino acid used to treat bipolar affective disorder. It works by affecting the levels of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.
Tryptophan can be used for insomnia, sleep apnea, anxiety, facial pain, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), smoking cessation, grinding teeth during sleep (bruxism), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette's syndrome, and to improve athletic performance.
Low levels of tryptophan can lead to decreased serotonin, which may cause problems like insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Tryptophan is an antidepressant indicated to produce melatonin and serotonin, Melatonin helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, and serotonin is thought to help regulate appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
Use and Dosage
Tryptan (Tryptophan) does come in tablet form to take by mouth. The recommended dosage for adults is typically 1 gram to 12 grams daily, divided into two to four doses. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions when taking Tryptan and to be aware of any potential interactions or side effects. Additionally, Tryptan is a prescription drug, and it should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
Take Tryptan tablet exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Tryptan (Tryptophan):
- Belching and gas
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Sexual problems
- Stomach pain
Serious Side Effects of Tryptan (Tryptophan):
- Muscle weakness
- Visual blurring
Forms and Strength
Tryptan (Tryptophan) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 250 mg
- 500 mg
- 750 mg
- 1000 mg
- 500 mg
- 1000 mg
- Tryptophan supplements should not be taken along with antidepressant drugs, as this can increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
- Tryptophan supplements may cause drowsiness or dizziness, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how the supplement affects you.
- Tryptophan supplements may interact with other medications you are taking, talk to your healthcare provider before using Tryptophan if you take any prescription drugs.
- Tryptophan supplements are not recommended for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, as the safety of the supplement in these populations has not been established.
- Tryptophan supplements may cause gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in some people.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What foods are high in tryptophan?
Foods that are high in tryptophan include turkey, chicken, fish, cheese, tofu, eggs, and nuts.
Can tryptophan supplements interact with medications?
Tryptophan supplements can interact with certain medications, including antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and sedatives. Talk to your doctor before taking tryptophan supplements if you are taking any medications.
Can tryptophan supplements help with sleep?
Some studies have suggested that tryptophan supplements may help improve sleep quality, especially in people with insomnia. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.
It's important to purchase Tryptan from verified Canadian pharmacy.