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5-hydroxytryptophan (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)?

Do not use this product if you are allergic to 5-hydroxytryptophan.

Before using 5-hydroxytryptophan, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions. 5-hydroxytryptophan may cause seizures in people with Down syndrome.

It is not known whether 5-hydroxytryptophan is harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this product without talking to a healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

5-hydroxytryptophan may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use 5-hydroxytryptophan without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)?

When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.

If you choose to take 5-hydroxytryptophan, use it as directed on the label, or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of 5-hydroxytryptophan than is recommended on the label.

Take this product with a full glass of water.

If your condition does not improve, or if it appears to get worse, contact your doctor.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using 5-hydroxytryptophan. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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