5HTP while nursing?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mq, Jun 11, 2003.

  1. mq

    mq New Member

    is it safe?
  2. allhart

    allhart New Member

    i couldnt find anything ,hopefull madwolf will see your post and have a answer for you
  3. Lox

    Lox New Member

    Hiya MQ

    I did some searching for this and found this, hope it helps.

    Remember that everything you ingest whilst breastfeeding leaves traces in the milk, so be careful.

    Ok from 6 different sites came the same conclusion -

    -5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is not recommended for nursing mothers as it could affect your infant's neurological development and/or suppress lactation.

    -And the amino acid precursor to the neurotransmitter, serotonin - 5-hydroxytryptphan (5-HTP) - can also aid sleep. But you should NOT try these if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and they are generally best considered only if you are working with a licensed health practitioner experienced in their use.

    -That's all the more reason to use 5-HTP with caution -- or to steer clear of it. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid the supplement entirely.

    -5-HTP should not be taken with Carbidopa (used for Parkinson's Disease); SSRI antidepressants; Tramadol; any of the triptans — Imitrex, Zomig, Maxalt, or Amerge; and some other prescription medications. If you are taking any medications, please check with your doctor or pharmacist before using 5-HTP. An early study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported the possibility that 5-HTP may cause seizures in children with Down's Syndrome. Safety during pregnancy or nursing has not been established, nor has safety for those with kidney or liver disease.

    -5-HTP is not recommended for nursing moms because an infant's neurological development is incredibly sensitive to serotonin levels and we do not know if 5-HTP could produce high milk levels (and thus lead to an overdose to the infant). The manufacturer reports that 5-HTP can suppress lactation.

    -At this point of our knowledge with 5-HTP, it would be best not to use it while trying to become pregnant or during pregnancy. The safety of 5-HTP during lactation and breast feeding is not known.

    Take care


    Lauren :)