Dr. Teitelbaum ~ CFS/FMS solutions

Dear Dr. T,
If someone is using an anti-depressant medication like Celexa, Prozac, etc.. do you feel that taking the Energy Revitalization supplement can cause any harm? I see that there is L-tryptophan in this product and I have read that this may cause serotonin overload. Also, I was under the impression that the amino acids that are in the product are what occur naturally from the whey protein. Is that not the case and are you actually adding synthetic amino acids like you would take in a capsule? I work at Whole Foods Market and want to be sure that I am informing my customers correctly with their questions.

Dr. Teitelbaum’s response:
The Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder is wonderful for those with depression. We purposely kept the trytophan amount low enough (115 mg–much lower than most of the other amino acids in the powder and the amount in a few ounces of turkey) so that it is quite safe to take with antidepressants.

Although 7,000 mg of the aminos come from whey, we add in more of some key ones to optimize the amount of each (e.g -serine, NAC). I held off adding additional tryptophan, in part because of the drug interaction/serotonergic syndrome concern. Did the same with arginine as arginine feeds some viral infections.

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.
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