Depression Community
Tryptophan causing brain zaps?
About This Community:

A community of people suffering from Depression to guide and support your health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, counseling, and other management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Tryptophan causing brain zaps?

Hi all,
My dad, who is 71, has a history of depression and bad moods for most of his life. I get depression too and found 5-HTP to be very helpful but recomended that he try L-Tryptophan for a similar result as I think it is supposed to be easier on the body than 5-HTP (as he is on beta-blockers and blood pressure medications and has health problems).

He tried a 220mg dosage of L-Tryptophan about three times over a few days and he has now been getting what I believe are "brain zaps" or "brain shocks", the strange sensation that often goes through your head if you are withdrawing from SSRI's.
He was on Prozac low dosage for about 2 months up until 2 weeks ago and didn't seem to get any withdrawal symptoms (he also didnt get any benefit from it, though he was also on it about 15 years ago and said it worked great but that was probably a different dosage).

I'm confused here. As far as I know, brain zaps are supposed to happen with low serotonin such as when withdrawing from SSRI's, and a few times I have seen people recommending 5-HTP as a treatment for this. How could Tryptophan be causing the brain zaps, or has he maybe just not waited long enough after quitting the Prozac? He is probably chronically low on serotonin at this stage, so could it just be some weird sign that the Tryptophan is working and activating his serotonin receptors but that until his serotonin rises above the low level, he will keep getting the brain zaps?

I'd appreciate it if anyone with some knowledge on this could give me their opinion.

Thanks
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
2020005_tn?1417986816
Blank
TinaR10, and KTowne commented on Des_a_rae's status
23 hrs ago
1302038_tn?1426951425
Blank
TinaR10 9 days to I see my baby aga... Comment
23 hrs ago
2020005_tn?1417986816
Blank
KTowne commented on ribaby15's status
May 02
Blank
Mood Tracker
Track your mood over time
Start Tracking Now
Top Mood Disorders Answerers
585414_tn?1288944902
Blank
ILADVOCATE
NY
1551327_tn?1414146344
Blank
Bubulous
Tompkinsville, KY
1110049_tn?1409405744
Blank
4Maddie44
Dorset, United Kingdom
480448_tn?1426952138
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
6726276_tn?1421130268
Blank
CRSeaside
Huntington Beach, CA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Crystal413
VA
Depression Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Mood Disorders Answerers
585414_tn?1288944902
Blank
ILADVOCATE
NY
1551327_tn?1414146344
Blank
Bubulous
Tompkinsville, KY
1110049_tn?1409405744
Blank
4Maddie44
Dorset, United Kingdom
480448_tn?1426952138
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
6726276_tn?1421130268
Blank
CRSeaside
Huntington Beach, CA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Crystal413
VA