Serotonin is a chemical messenger present in your body, which regulates many bodily functions like promoting good sleep, help in digestion, and improves memory. Low serotonin levels result in depression, irritability, impulsiveness, digestive problems, and sweet cravings.
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How to trigger serotonin production?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I have been on different antidepressants for 14 years now. I did a 4 week taper off of Lexapro and have been off completely for one and a half weeks now. The physical symptoms of withdrawal are gone. But, I just feel depressed. I am in a constant depressive state. Will ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Early onset depression (less than 35 years of age) and that too of 14 years duration is not the ideal condition to taper off antidepressants. Only in typical depression that starts after a known stressor is episodic or lasts only 6 to 9 months when left untreated, ... Read Full »
What foods to avoid in serotonin syndrome?
Query: Hello doctor, My 39-year-old son was hospitalized for five days with serotonin syndrome. He was given intravenous and Ativan. He was discharged from the hospital, and he will go to his doctor regarding his meds. The problem is he was never told if he needed to stay away from certain foods that might... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is true that diet is very difficult for patients with serotonin syndrome. But, there are many myths as well about diet. 1. Most cheese and cheese products nowadays are low in tyramine levels. So, they are not that harmful. To be called yogurt, milk must be ferm... Read Full »
Does having three times more serotonin levels in a five-year-old boy indicate a carcinoid tumor?
Query: Hello doctor, My 5 years old son's serotonin level is 583 ng/mL, and the normal range is 50 to 200 ng/mL. So, we did chromogranin A blood test. It was 16, which is slightly elevated, as the normal range is 1.9 to 15. Should we be concerned and see a specialist? Please advise. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chromogranin A level is just one marker. There are a lot of factors which may affect chromogranin A levels. It depends on the clinical suspicion of a tumor. Revert with more details of the history and radiological imaging. Revert with more information to a medical oncol... Read Full »
Will 5-HTPn help to increase serotonin level? Suffering from sleeping problem, depression and anxieties.
Query: Dear Doctor, I have a problem of sleeping at a scheduled time. I always sleep in a different time and it is getting delayed every day, like a cycle. For example: If today I sleep at 9:00 pm, in few days I will be sleeping at 10:00 pm. And in a few weeks, I would sleep at 4:00 AM. I also have depress... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.Yes. There is relation between low serotonin level and depression and anxiety. What is more important is how significant symptoms of these problem you have, how much are you distressed from these and whether they cause interference in your daily life (socio occupational de... Read Full »
How can HIT exercise boost your mood?
Query: Hello doctor, How HIT exercise can boost your mood? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sure a lot of people are aware of the neurotransmitter serotonin which is directly linked to mood changes. A decrease in the amount of serotonin in the body can lead to depression and low mood. When talking about exercise to boost your mood, it is thereby wise to f... Read Full »