I'm desperate to feel better. My moods are down a majority of the time. I decided to self medicate with something I thought would be safe...5-htp. It said to take 1 pill with food up to twice daily. From what I've read about amino acids they should be taken on an empty stomach. Was told by an herbalist to always take double the amount recommended. Complete bull shit. There is a reason why it says to take with food and not double the dose. I ended up taking 2 pills on an empty stomach and got extremely sick. Within an hour of taking the pills I was vomiting, had chills (was wearing a sweat shirt and pants and it was hot out), felt really spaced out and confused. I looked up 5-htp and came across "serotonin syndrome" it's where the body gets too much serotonin and causes a bad reaction. I read coma and death follow after these symptoms appear. Needless to say I freaked out and drove myself to the hospital. All I could think was that I am going to die...this is it. I kept thinking "over some stupid amino acids." My BP was in the 130's it's usually in the low 100's and my pulse was 132. They ended up giving me a shot to eliminate the nausea and sent me home. They wrote on the paper "drug reaction-gastrointestinal." I was still really out of it and confused. My nausea was gone but remained confused until 5 pm the next day. My aunt said I deserve to be in the "junkie hall of shame" for that one haha. After that I decided not to self medicate anymore. I thought over the counter stuff would be safe and found out different. Be careful about what you take.
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