L-tryptophan for bipolar disorder?|
I know that there has been a band on the amino acid L-tryptophan and I have tried some of the other drugs and I cant seem to find one that will work for me. Could you please me some information on some other drugs that might help me. I know that milk has tryptophan in it I just dont know how much,or how much I need to drink to get anything out of it. I was diganosed with BIPOLAR 5 years ago. Please let me know what else I can take.
Thank you for your time.
Note from Colleen...I don't know why anyone would want to take L-tryptophan anyway. It's not banned in Canada, but to get anywhere near therapeutic doses you have to take a massive dosage ... and just try to SWALLOW those horse pills! LOL - been there, done that!
And Terry, I'd just add that what you should be using -- tryptophan or otherwise -- depends on what your target symptom is. If it's sleep, as I'd guess from your question, that's usually a marker indicating there's more trouble out there than just sleep: usually people are having other symptoms like irritability, mood lability (like easy tears), and agitation/anxiety symptoms too. If that's the case, then the pills we know help a lot of people, and help more than a placebo, are the mood stabilizer medications. You can try other stuff, but if you haven't had treatment with a combination of mood stabilizers and no antidepressant in the mix, then you haven't had "standard treatment" yet. Out of hundreds, I only have four patients that did not get much better with "standard treatment".