How long does it take to heal the damage caused to the stomach by 5-HTP?
It does cause gastric side effects & may take few weeks to heal completely
Hi! Welcome to Healthcaremagic. Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. We will try to help you in best way possible. First of all it's sad to know what you had been going through lately.
Based on the history you have shared, yes you are right that the gastric side effects are most probably be due to 5-HTP and you are right in this regard that, side effects should have been briefed about in advance and most doctors follow this protocol.
However now since the side effects have occurred it may take 2-4 weeks to resolve completely and it also depends upon the degree of damage caused. Usually acid reflux can trigger, ulcer formation in the stomach and that is a likely possibility in your case.
Sometimes some bacteria like H. pylori complicate the symptoms by triggering inflammation of stomach called gastritis. That can be confirmed on antigen detection in stool.
Meanwhile continue antacids like omperazole as you already are taking alongwith Motility agents like domperidone or itapride.
Avoid spicy, heavy, greasy meals and fizzzy drinks and take small but frequent meals. If symptoms persist beyond 4 weeks get a detailed gastroenterologist review and get endoscopy done.
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope this has answered your query. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Regards
Ulcer can cause these symptoms
Hi! Thanks for the feedback. Yes ulcer can cause most of these symptoms and drug related mouth taste change may also be a possibility. Another possibility is some fungal Inflammation of stomach lining or of Oesophagus like thrush or gastritis can cause the same. Final diagnosis can be made on endoscopy however for the time being continue antacids and it should get better with in 2-4 weeks. Regards
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