Did 5 htp cause sinus pressure and headaches?

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by valerie1277, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. valerie1277

    valerie1277 Member

    I've been taking 5 HTP for a while as I do not want to take an SSRI because of side effects. It always seemed to help stabilize my mood but I am now wondering if it could be the primary cause of severe sinus pressure in the upper bridge of my nose and face while also giving me daily headaches.

    I've stopped taking it but it could if it is the cause, it could take a while to exit my system.

    I question this because I've been to many doctors about this headache problem and am now going to see a Neurologist. Went to 2 ENT docs, one said it could be infection and another said he thought it was migraines. This is what got me thinking it could be related to 5 HTP.

    Not a lot of information on this because people think 5 HTP should help with migraines. I realize everyone's make up is different but hoping for some feedback.

    I've decided to stop taking medications all together for the time being to see if I can get to the bottom of this problem as it is really debilitating and no need to over medicate.

    However, if anyone has experienced this I'd love to hear, while also wondering how long it took for headaches to subside once quitting this supplement.

    Tired of always having a cloudy head!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Valerie - what dose of 5-htp are you taking? When I first took it, it gave me a moderate headache for about a week, but was helping with sleep so stuck it out and the headache stopped. I take 100 mg. a night with no problem.

    It might be causing your headache, I guess the only way to find out is to stop it. I've never heard of it causing sinus pressure, but you never know.

    If it turns out 5-htp is the culprit, you might try l-tryptophan. It's related to 5-htp but it never gave me a headache. It costs a little more though.

    Let us know what happens!

  3. healthystuff

    healthystuff Member

    Sinus pressure is really frustrating. The clog in our breathing airway is not easy. I agree to some posts here, that drinking of water can also help aside from drinking medicine. You can also try alternative natural treatment that you can apply to your external nostril up to your head. You can use castor oil. One of castor oil health benefits is to help ease the pain and headaches. It can also help in softening the congestion in our nasal passages.
  4. MurielElliott

    MurielElliott Member

    I agree to basilmelhabashy that drinking plenty of water can really help a lot. You can also use warm compresses on your face as it can relieve discomfort.
  5. It's feels very bad.
  6. Gamesa

    Gamesa Member

    I know this is an old post but I'm really wondering how you got the headaches to go away. I've taken 5-htp on two separate occasions and both times I've experienced daily headaches and dizziness. The first time I didn't make the connection but this second time I'm really starting to think it might be the culprit. Even though I stopped taking it a few days ago the headaches have not subsided. Did your headaches stop right away after stopping 5-htp?
  7. Catbeckcar

    Catbeckcar Member

    Began 100 mg 5-HTP at night, started getting headaches. ARGGGGG. Going to stop taking and see what happens. The only thing that stops the headaches is the drug Relax, but Maxalt is another one which can work, but you need a prescription. If you cant get one, lie down with ice pack on your neck and head, dark room, and relax. Good luck. Hope you get better soon.
  8. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    I've recently started taking 5-HTP and, so far, I haven't had any problems with headaches.