DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and the following is NOT medical advice. It is merely a list of things that have helped others during opiate withdrawal. Before starting any regiment including any medicine, it is imperative that the patient discusses it with a licensed physician. Some of the medicine listed can react badly with certain foods and other medicines.

CAUTION: Those with the genetic disorder, phenylketonuria (PKU), should not take this supplement. It can lead to brain damage, and progressive mental retardation if left untreated. The disorder is typically diagnosed shortly after birth. This is the same warning found on packs of gum which contain the artificial sweetener, aspartame. Aspartame is broken down into phenylalanine in the body.

If taking baclofen, levodopa, an anti-depressant, or an MAOI, consult a doctor before taking this supplement.

USEFUL FOR: Analgesic, anti-depressant, dopamine restoration

DESCRIPTION: L-phenylalanine can be converted into L-tyrosine, a protein forming amino acid. L-tyrosine is converted into L-DOPA, which is further converted into dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. D-phenylalanine prevents enkephalin degradation, which is thought to be the mechanism providing the analgesic effects. The antidepressant effects are thought to be a result of the elevated levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain.

When quitting opiates, dopamine levels plummet causing dysphoria and loss of pleasure. DL-phenylalanine can help restore dopamine levels. Opiate cessation also causes a reduction in endorphins, which is part of the reason withdrawal occurs. D-phenylalanine helps prevent the breakdown of enkephalins, one of the endogenous opioids. As a result of the stated pharmacological actions, dl-phenylalanine may help ease some opiate withdrawal symptoms.



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