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I was wondering, for rumination, anxiety and depression if

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I was wondering, for rumination, anxiety and depression if taking 5 htp and l- theanine would help with these more so the rumination as it has taken over my life. I do have a doctors appointment wednesday to discuss prescription meds. but i would like to try and stick with herbal supplements. What do you think of those herbals together and do they help?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.

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are you taking anything else?

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Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no i am not taking anything else just birth control
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
oh hi
you are there.
How long have you been on the supplements?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sorry my computer isnt working but i can see all your replys, I started taking 5 htp for 2 weeks a week ago but i ran out and the rumination came back, i started again 3 days ago but i also bought l-theanine to go with it
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the additional information
Well, both of these supplements have been reported in the literature to help. But they are neither tested by the FDA or controlled, in terms of manufacturing.
So there have not been any large studies to show whether or not they really work.
Further, as with all herbal supplements, the quality is not controlled. So you are taking them at your own risk.
That being said, it takes about 3-4 weeks for them to work. So if they don't work by then, then you can consider the prescription medication...

hang in there..
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was wondering do anti depressants help with rumination
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Relist: Answer came too late.I was wondering if anti depressants help with rumination? And I'm terrified of weight gain are there any that don't cause it?
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.
Hello,

Yes, antidepressants specially SSRI antidepressant like Zoloft and Prozac are the preferred medicines for Obsessive ruminations, anxiety and depression.

If you are much concerned about weight gain, you can discuss with your doctor about trying Prozac(Fluoxetine) which does not cause weight gain. In fact, it can initially cause weight loss due to its side effect of causing lack of appetite.

Now regarding your first question, natural products like the one you have mentioned are not very useful in moderate to severe cases for rumination, anxiety and depression. In a patient suffering from all these condition, antidepressants specially SSRI antidepressant are the first choice.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Thank you! Will these anti-depressents take away the obsessive thoughts? How does someone typically feel on them?

Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.
Hello,

Yes, antidepressants can effectively control these obsessive thoughts. As you are also suffering from anxiety and depression, you will also notice a great improvement in anxiety related and depressive symptoms.

Prozac is usually well tolerated. Being an activating antidepressant it should be taken in morning or evening but not at night. You can also ask your doctor to prescribe you a low dose of .25 mg Clonazepam to control the initial anxiety symptoms. Clonazepam can be stopped after 3-4 weeks while continuing Prozac.

Treatment should be continued for at least 4-6 months more once you start feeling better.

Once your symptoms are under control you will start feeling normal just like before.

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