Thanks for your reply.
In my view alternate use of SSRI serlife and 5HTP is not recommended as both of them are increasing serotonin level in brain and this can result in a rare but life threatening serotonin syndrome.
5HTP when used alone can only be useful in mild symptoms and if you are having significant anxiety
/ depression, a SSRI antidepressant should be the best option.
Although, Serlife (Sertraline) usually does not cause weight gain but if you are experiencing weight gain with this medicine, you can discuss with your doctor about shifting you in another SSRI antidepressants Fluoxetine. Fluoxetine does not cause weight gain and can even cause initial weight loss in some patients because of causing lack of appetite as a side effect. Your doctor can directly shift you on Fluoxetine from Serlife as both of them are SSRI antidepressants.
If you have decided to try 5HTP then you should ask your doctor to taper down Serlife first in my view. Serlife should be taper down slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Most patients are able to tape down this medicine by reducing 50 %, taking it for 5-7 days followed by another 50% reduction in dose again taking it for 5-7 days and then discontinuation..
I hope this helps.
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