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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
L-tryptophan is used in addition to antidepressants to treat bipolar affective disorder. It works by affecting the levels of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, opaque, size 00, hard gelatin capsule, imprinted "ALTI500" on capsule cap and body, contains 500 mg of L-tryptophan. Nonmedicinal ingredients: magnesium stearate and talc.
Each white, oval-shaped, smooth, film-coated tablet, embossed with "ALTIMED" on one side and "500 mg" on the other side, contains 500 mg of L-tryptophan. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acetylated monoglyceride, calcium phosphate, carnauba wax, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, opaspray white, povidone, sodium croscarmellose, titanium dioxide, and wax solution (white wax, carnauba wax).
Each white, oval-shaped, smooth film-coated tablet, embossed "ALTI-TRYP 1 g" on one side, contains 1 g of L-tryptophan. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acetylated monoglyceride, calcium phosphate, carnauba wax, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, opaspray white, povidone, sodium croscarmellose, titanium dioxide, and wax solution (white wax and carnauba wax).
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended adult dose of L-tryptophan is 8 g to 12 g daily taken in 3 to 4 equally divided doses with meals or snacks. For best results, take L-tryptophan with a low-protein, carbohydrate-rich snack or meal.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to L-tryptophan or any ingredients of the medication.
What side effects are possible with this medication?
- dry mouth
- loss of appetite
Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
- overactive reflexes
- poor coordination
- talking or acting with excitement you cannot control
- trembling or shaking
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Diabetes: If you have diabetes, your doctor should closely monitor your condition while you are taking L-tryptophan, as it may affect blood sugar control.
Drowsiness: This medication can cause drowsiness, affecting your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid these and other hazardous tasks until you know how tryptophan affects you.
Other medical conditions: If you have low stomach acid, other stomach or intestine problems, or a history of cataracts, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Vitamin B6 supplements: Your doctor may recommend that you take vitamin B6 supplements to reduce your risk of bladder cancer.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if L-tryptophan passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between L-tryptophan and any of the following:
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (e.g., moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine)
- selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs; e.g., venlafaxine)
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; e.g., fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline)
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
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