November 18, 2010

Levadopa/carbidopa positive interaction with 5-HTP

This is from a recent U. of Michigan study:

"The supplement 5-HTP may help with depressive symptoms in Parkinson's disease when combined with Levadopa and carbidopa. The University of Michigan Health System warns that if you have Parkinson's disease, you should not take 5-HTP alone."

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Confirms other recent reports that are just the opposite of the older reports warning against combining the two.

The UofM article also has this to say about a supplement I haven’t even heard about:

Another supplement that may help with your Parkinson's disease symptoms is cytidinediphosphocholine, also called CDP-choline. This supplement appears to increase the level of dopamine, which decreases the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. When Parkinson's disease patients took 400 mg of CDP-choline three times a day, they could take less levadopa, a Parkinson's disease medication that converts into dopamine. Before starting CDP-choline for Parkinson's disease, talk to your doctor.


Anonymous said...

Do you know any more about CDP-Choline? Sounds like it might help.

John Schappi said...

Hi Anonymous -- I agree. It's worth checking out. I'll do that and post whatever I find.