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General Information on Tryptophan

Generic Name : Tryptophan

Pronunciation : TRIP-toe-fan

Latest prescription information about Tryptophan. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Nutriceutical

Why is Tryptophan Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a nutriceutical agent, prescribed for depression along with other medications.  It is an essential amino acid in human diet needed for normal growth.

When should Tryptophan not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Tryptophan?

Adult: PO- As L-tryptophan: The recommended dose is 1 g 3 times/day. Max: 6 g/day.

How should Tryptophan be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Tryptophan?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney disease, elderly, suicidal thoughts, depression, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Patient may develop with increased risk of suicidal thoughts; watch them carefully.

What are the side effects of Tryptophan?

Nausea, headache, lightheadedness, drowsiness and eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome.

What are the other precautions for Tryptophan?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Tryptophan?

Store it at room temperature.

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