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J Endocrinol Invest. 1989 Feb;12(2):87-91.

Effect of repeated doses of L-5-hydroxytryptophan and carbidopa on prolactin and aldosterone secretion in man.

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Department of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


To evaluate changes in serum prolactin and plasma and urine aldosterone after a serotonergic challenge, 8 healthy men (19 to 42 yr), taking dexamethasone (0.75 mg qid), received the serotonin precursor L-5-hydroxytryptophan (L5HTP; 100 mg qid) with the peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor carbidopa (C; 50 mq qid) or matching placebos in a randomized, crossover manner. Serum prolactin concentration increased in all subjects after L5HTP/C in comparison to placebo, mean (SD) prolactin (ng/ml) at 8 h after dosing was 19.8 +/- 6.3 after L5HTP/C and 12.0 +/- 3.1 after placebo (p less than 0.05). In contrast, in comparison to values on placebo, L5HTP/C had no apparent effect on mean plasma concentration at all observation times; mean (SD) aldosterone (ng/dl) at 8 h after dosing was 12.0 +/- 5.1 and 12.0 +/- 3.8 after placebo (NS). Mean (SD) urinary aldosterone (micrograms/24 h), Na+(mEq/24 h) and K+(mEq/24 h) excretion were 7.0 +/- 4.4, 49.3 +/- 30.6, 30.1 +/- 11.2, after L5HTP/C and 7.4 +/- 5.8, 59.7 +/- 23.9, 33.3 +/- 7.4 after placebo (NS). Under these study conditions, subacute serotonergic stimulation with oral L5HTP/C resulted in prolactin but not aldosterone release.

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