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.
CAUTIONS: L-tyrosine has not been reported to have any serious side effects; however, long-term use of high doses (1000 mg+) should be monitored by a physician, as there are no studies of long-term use of high doses of L-tyrosine.
USEFUL FOR: Energy, depression, alcohol withdrawal support, phenylketonuria deficiency, Parkinson’s Disease
DESCRIPTION: L-tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid that the body synthesizes from another amino acid, phenylalanine. It is the precursor of several neurotransmitters, including L-dopa, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Supply of norepinephrine and epinephrine, two of the bodies most important “stress” hormones, are often depleted as a result of stress. Because L-tyrosine acts as a precursor to norepinephrine and epinephrine, it may help reduce the adverse effects of stress (environmental, psychosocial, and physical).
When taking opiates, the body becomes accustomed to an obscene amount of dopamine, a chemical involved in the feeling of pleasure, and when opiate intake is stopped withdrawal is felt. Withdrawal often involves anhedonia, the loss of the ability to experience pleasure. L-tyrosine may help correct the imbalance caused by opiate addiction. Food that are rich in L-tyrosine include animal meat, wheat products, oatmeal and seafood. Overall, L-tyrosine can help increase feelings of well-being, heighten mental alterness, and offset stress-induced physical/mental fatigue.
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