Medical

Have Medical Questions? Ask a Doctor Online!

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Medical
This answer was rated:

I was wondering, for rumination, anxiety and depression if

taking 5 htp and l-...
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?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
1/22/2013
Dr. Cameron
Dr. Cameron, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 12,910
Experience: American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Ivy League trained. Medical Review Officer trained in Drug Testing
Verified
Doctor Cameron :

are you taking anything else?

Doctor Cameron :

I see you are not online. Get back to me when you can

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago
no i am not taking anything else just birth control
oh hi
you are there.
How long have you been on the supplements?
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 4 years 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
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..
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago
I was wondering do anti depressants help with rumination
Customer reply replied 4 years 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?
Dr. Vikas
Dr. Vikas, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2,253
Experience: MBBS; MD
Verified
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.

I hope this answers your question.. If you are satisfied with my answer, please rate one of the positive ratings (3,4,5) as this is the only way how we are compensated for our time and expertise.

Please take a moment to rate the answer.

Kind regards

Vikas
Dr. Vikas
Dr. Vikas, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2,253
Experience: MBBS; MD
Verified
Dr. Vikas and 87 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

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

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.

Regards

Vikas
Dr. Vikas
Dr. Vikas, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2,253
Experience: MBBS; MD
Verified
Dr. Vikas and 87 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. Vikas Your Own Question
Dr. Vikas
Dr. Vikas
Dr. Vikas, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2,253
2,253 Satisfied Customers
Experience: MBBS; MD

Dr. Vikas is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Board Certified Physician

51,160 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.

Dr Basu

Dr Basu

Experienced Specialist

20,734 satisfied customers

MD

Dr. David

Dr. David

Board Certified Physician

224 satisfied customers

Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications

Dr. D. Love

Dr. D. Love

Doctor

17,064 satisfied customers

Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Doctor

13,486 satisfied customers

20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.

< Previous | Next >

Related Medical Questions
Are severe night sweats for a 79 year female indicative of a
are severe night sweats for a 79 year female indicative of a serious condition??also pain in side---lost weight--fatigue--4 to 6 weeks duration… read more
Dr Josh
Dr Josh
Doctor
B.A.M.S.
5,950 satisfied customers
Am louise Lyons I am 20 years old I have this thing but I
Hey I am louise Lyons I am 20 years old I have this thing but I seem too shake close my eyes and make noise I am shaking but then it's goes comes back again… read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,270 satisfied customers
My friend was put on antidepressants because she was feeling
My friend was put on antidepressants because she was feeling unwell for a long time. Now when she tried to get off them, she has had a nervous breakdown. Can she have developed a mental problem from t… read more
NormanM
NormanM
Partner in private practice
Adv Dip Psychotherapy (with Distinc
89 satisfied customers
I just started taking Citalopram (a generic for Celexa)
I just started taking Citalopram (a generic for Celexa) about a week & half ago & I was wondering if it would be ok to take ACAI Berry (dietary supplement) & Colotrim (a colon cleanse) with my antidep… read more
Dr. Singh
Dr. Singh
Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,715 satisfied customers
I have popping in both ears. no pain just a popping noise.
I have popping in both ears. no pain just a popping noise … read more
Dr Josh
Dr Josh
Doctor
B.A.M.S.
5,950 satisfied customers
I have static sounds in my ears- head when I'm sleeping-
i have static sounds in my ears- head when I'm sleeping- volume lower's in up right position ? … read more
Dr Josh
Dr Josh
Doctor
B.A.M.S.
5,950 satisfied customers
I have been pretty sick for three months they finally
Hi I have been pretty sick for three months they finally diagnosed me with pasinusitis , I need to have a few things surgically done with my sinuses to clear up situation. Unfortunately they can't fit… read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
729 satisfied customers
I was recently prescribed antidepressant to treat my
Hi, I was recently prescribed antidepressant to treat my symptoms of sadness, anger ,tinnitus and multiple physical pain of unknown cause after I discovered that my husband was cheating on me. I have … read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
13,486 satisfied customers
This is emergency question, i have taken antidepression and
This is emergency question, i have taken antidepression and it seems doesnt work for me. I masturbated alot in my life.. after i ejaculated... i almost fell down. My pain get worse and I don't know wh… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Consultant Surgeon and Sports Medicine
Post-Doctoral Degree
32,416 satisfied customers
I have failure to have orgasms. During intercourse, I feel
I have failure to have orgasms. During intercourse, I feel it coming on then it just dies out and I lose erection. My urologist prescribes me testosterone injections but blood test show my level fluct… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,046 satisfied customers
I have been on an antidepressant for many years and
I have been on an antidepressant for many years and hormones, due a catch 22... I don't have insurance, I have exhausted all my refills and trying to use herbal supplements until I can get to a dr nex… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,622 satisfied customers
Maybe you can help me with my question, I'm a 50 years old
I'm a 50 years old male have always been very sexual until my doctor have prescribed me antidepressants that completely destroyed my desire for sex is there an antidepressant that I can switch to that doesn't have that side effect ? … read more
Neuro Doctor
Neuro Doctor
Full Time Neurologist
Neurologist MD (USA Board Certified
2,534 satisfied customers
Is there an antidepressant that doesnt effect you in heat?
Is there an antidepressant that doesnt effect you in heat? What I mean is when I work outside and its any temp over 70 i get winded and feel weak … read more
Dr. Captain
Dr. Captain
Physician
Doctoral Degree
562 satisfied customers
I am looking for an antidepressant to take in lieu of
I am looking for an antidepressant to take in lieu of lithium. Lithium is awesome but it gives me tremors and I can't function like that. … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,622 satisfied customers
I have questions about my antidepressant, I'm taking Lexapro
I'm taking Lexapro now and it isn't working so switched me to Effexor idk if I can take it bc i read a lot on the Internet about it causing heart problems and sudden death … read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,046 satisfied customers
My mother is 82 years old, she takes antidepressants, anti
My mother is 82 years old, she takes antidepressants, anti anxiety, sleeping pills. Is it safe to give her Allegra (for runny nose due to allergies)?… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
896 satisfied customers
Is lexapro a good antidepressant, I requested my dr to order
Is lexapro a good antidepressant, I requested my dr to order an antidepressant. Is it good for any type of neuropathy as well.… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,622 satisfied customers
Saw ad on TV about antidepressant EXKRID, VET with
I am VIETNAM VET with Specialist Dr Robban Sica for last 20 + years. I have been taking Wellbutrin 150mg over several months on 3 ocassions in the last 10 years. I have consult with my Dr on 16th to review my lab results. I have addison's and multiple alergies since 1977. Lost my wife to cancer Aug 20,2014. several … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,622 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x