Tryptan (Tryptophan) is a prescription medication used for insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, facial pain, and a severe form premenstrual syndrome called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), smoking cessation, grinding teeth during sleep (bruxism), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette's syndrome, and to improve athletic performance. L-tryptophan is naturally found in animal and plant proteins. It is important for the development and functioning of many organs in the body. L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps the body make proteins and certain brain-signaling chemicals. Your body changes L-Tryptophan into a brain chemical called serotonin which helps control mood and sleep.
We currently offer the brand Tryptan from Canada by Bausch Health. The generic Tryptophan comes from Canada by a different manufacturer.
Seek emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to this medication. The common side effects of Tryptan may include belching, diarrhea, dry mouth, headaches, heartburn, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, sexual dysfunction, and stomach pain.
Stop taking Tryptan and call your doctor immediately if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Muscle weakness;
• Visual blurring
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you
have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Tryptan if you are allergic to it. Prior to taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
• Liver disease;
• Kidney disease;
• A muscle disorder
Avoid taking an herbal supplement containing St. John's wort at the same time you are taking L-Tryptophan. Tryptan may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medication will affect you. Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including prescription, nonprescription, herbal products, and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Tryptan and other medications. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not give any herbal or health supplement to a child without a doctor's advice.
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