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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1975 Jul 15;122(6):793.

Letter: supplementary pyridoxine given to women using oral contraceptives.



This letter is a response to an article describing the efficacy of administering large doses of tryptophan to depressive patients taking oral contraceptives. This letter-writer argues that the salient action of mood elevation is a result of the supplemental pyridoxine (vitamin B) which ameliorates the deficiency induced by oral contraceptive use that leads to depression resulting from inhibition of synthesis of biogenic amines in the central nervous system. Instead of large doses of tryptophan, which may cause dangerous accumulations of possibly carcinogenic and diabetogenic metabolites when therapy for depression is indicated, pyridoxine should be administered together with the tryptophan; the tryptophan should be discontinued once the deficiency is corrected, although the vitamin therapy should continue throughout oral contraceptive use.

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