I currently take 200mg of 5HTP daily. I want to add 3mg of Melatonine before bed.
Does anyone know if these two can be taken together? Do I need to lower the 5HTP dose?
They can definatly be taken together. Just go by how you feel waking up, if the dose is too high you'll feel groggier then you like. You could also add Gaba and/or valerian to that for a great sleep/relaxation stack.
I agree with bigstabile. Valerian also helps a lot. Stacking them would be safe and effective IMO.
Try starting with a low dose of melatonin and adjust upward as needed.
Personally, I've always found buying 1mg tablets and then breaking them into quarters is plenty without leaving any residual grogginess the next day.
Agree with reduced dosing.
0.5 is ample for me, otherwise i get what ive coined the melatoning hangover
i bought the 3 mg pills.. i took two for the first time and it didnt do anything. I actualy slept poorly that night (which i do most nights) but otc sleep never seem to work on me
i may be wrong but melatonin in higher doses has an almost reverse effect. i took 3mg one night then another 3mg an hour later and i was awake all night. i started breaking the caps into little peices(no idea how much but less then 1 mg) and it works much better.
here is a MIT study about .3mg--->http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2005/melatonin.html
ill look for more
when you think about it melatonin could be almost as cheap as water. 1.95 a bottle online for 3mg caps, broken into little .3mg = 10 nights per cap X 100 caps per bottle = 1000 nights per 1.95!! not a bad deal. i love sleeping
melatonin left me a headache every single morning. sucks only getting 6 hours a sleep a night. the trucker life
Glad this got bumped. The MIT article is great. I was one of those people that just thought it didnt work that well, when I was really overdosing on 3mg tabs.
As far as 5-HTP and Melatonin mixed you may be over doing it. 5-htp converts to serotonin for sure. But I read in a magazine that it converts to serotonin AND melatonin.
I have not found an online article to support this but if you are really going to mix them may be something to look further into.
awesome, thx for all of the info. Great thread.
I used to take 3mg Melatonin, but shall try less as suggested.
And about 5-HTP, I take 100mg before bed.
Is it okay to take during the day also? I heard it helps you sleep etc, curbs cravings...
I read somewhere that people were using 5-htp to curb food cravings. Taking it 20 mins before meals.
From personal experience, I would not take melatonin any more than what has been suggested in this thread. And it DOES need to by cycled... after prolonged use, it can cause depression a little... I'm not sure how, but it has been documented and when I have not cycled it, this has happend to me every time. When I stopped taking it I felt much better... so tread lightly... like .25 mg for only 2 weeks lightly.
Melatonin like most hormone is a bit risky. It needs cycling and risks a feed-back loop.
5HTP is solid.