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Effective product but I experienced bad side effects on an empty stomach
16 September 2017
I have only just started using these tablets, but they seemed to have many positive effects - I felt more content and relaxed, and had a more rested sleep. However, although I knew of potential side effects from prior research, I wasn't aware just how strongly the body could react to 5-HTP at a 100 mg dosage.
There was no information leaflet regarding side effects, potential interactions or risks associated with using this product long-term; which I think should be a necessity (despite lack of clinical testing and being considered a "supplement"). I found it was very harsh on the stomach - after taking one tablet first thing in the morning before having eaten, I ended up with bad nausea, shakiness and excessive sweating (the nausea took until the afternoon to subside). Personally, I have found that half a tablet after a meal is the best way to prevent this.
It seemed a good quality product, however I definitely think there should be information on the outside packaging warning about side effects and the importance of not taking 5-HTP on an empty stomach.