Absorption (Vitamin D3 B12 patches, Tryptophan, Folic Acid, b6 )

by Annonymous

Thanks for the wonderful information and support here, I feel you are saving my life!

I started using a D3 with magnesium patch (5,000 IU D3 and 250 magnesium) and it helped with absorption. Then I upped it to 2 patches a day, and it helped even more.

At the same time I started using a vitamin b12/ folic acid patch, and then took Tryptophan (250) with b6 and folic acid at night.

I do take SSRI's, but titrated off one of them (lexapro). I also take a benzo (clonazapan) but haven't needed it much lately.

Also I upped the oral magnesium to 100 mg. 4 or 5 times a day. Am ording vitamin k also.

I take 500 mg. Natpro a day, but am also on Prednisone 40 mg. a day (and titrating down.)

Is it safe to use 2 Vitamin D3 patches a day, and is there a risk of Seronatin Syndrome regarding the Tryptophan? I know it's rare, but I've been taking SSRI's and anti-anxiety meds for YEARS now.

Thank you

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Oct 10, 2013
Absorption (Vitamin D3 B12 patches, Tryptophan, Folic Acid, b6 )
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for the kind words! I'm so delighted you're using a high dose vitamin D, it is absorbed topically. Although it's a pity only one area of the skin gets any benefit via a patch, it's wonderful for the skin. See our page on topical vitamin D. Plus the magnesium, so important, the K2 too. I'm also pleased you've managed to come off the lexapro, and do hope you don't need the benzo again, dreadful drugs. The most addictive drugs in the world, far more than the 'illegal' drugs, ironic isn't it, a legal drug being so addictive. 10,000iu per day vitamin D is a dose some believe should be taken daily. They've found 40,000iu causes no harm either, see here. The so called toxicity of vitamin D is it can raise blood calcium too high, it's not so much the vitamin D itself. Blood calcium will rise if magnesium and K2 are not taken concurrently. Although that would mostly apply to very high doses of vitamin D. Amounts such as 5000iu/day would not, provided the diet had plenty of green leaves, and little dairy with it's high calcium content. If you find the magnesium affecting your bowels too much, you could try making a 1% solution of magnesium and water and spraying that on your skin. Epsom Salts is best for this, it is absorbed well. Plus it contains sulphur, one of the most healing of all minerals, which is also absorbed, I'm not sure why you're taking the Prednisone, but if for pain, the progesterone, vitamin D and magnesium will help enormously. Serotonin syndrome is rare, 250mg/day tryp is not too high, and if you find it helps then continue. You might prefer to take 4000mg/day inositol, as that helps raise serotonin, without the risk of side effects. These are some papers on inositol here, here, here and here. Continued below

Oct 10, 2013
Absorption (Vitamin D3 B12 patches, Tryptophan, Folic Acid, b6 ) Part 2
by: Wray

Hi there There are other nutrients too, all listed on our Anxiety page. For instance vitamin B3 is an anti-anxiety vitamin, it's actually made from tryp. If B3 is low the tryp will be used to make this, maybe leaving too little to make serotonin. By taking B3 it leaves more for serotonin, without the need to take any tryp at all. Taurine is very calming too, so is glycine, all are either amino acids or vitamins, all needed by the body, unlike drugs. If only doctors would prescribe these instead, but no money in them. Once you feel stable, your vitamin D is high, and you're off all drugs, you should be able to begin reducing the progesterone very slowly. Let me know how you get on. Take care Wray

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