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Bowel..Dr. Oz saying low serotonin, may be causing the problem

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Hi I have irritable Bowel problem and read an item in a magazine about Dr. Oz saying low serotonin, may be causing the problem, What do I do about it. Can I get something at a drug store for this or do I need a doctor to order it for me.

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Serotonin is one of the body chemicals the regulate sleep and mood. To increase the level of serotonin in the body and thus reduce the symptoms related to the low serotonin level, I suggest that you follow-up with your doctor for closer evaluation and possible prescription of medications such as Zoloft, Paxil, or Effexor. These medications act to slow down the removal of the available serotonin at the site of action, and hence increase the level. In the meantime, you may consider using over the counter supplement - Tryptophan, which is an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin.

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