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Old 04-14-2010, 03:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Can St. John's Wort and 5HTP be used together?

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YIKES! NO! Both of them increase serotonin in your brain and if you take them both together, you can cause serotonin syndrome, which is very dangerous and potentially fatal. Please don't take them together.

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I did read in my encyclopedia of natural healing, after I posted here, that both can be used together in severe cases. The friend that I'm asking on her behalf probably is a severe case, but she'll be trying one first and then maybe down the road consider combining.

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I'd be really scare of doing that. She needs to be really aware of the symptoms of serotonin syndrome.

I think that either one of them, on its own, works more than well enough. You should never ever take more than one thing that raises serotonin. Big time dangerous.

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