5-htp& sam-e. Which one is safer?

Patient

Q: I\'m a 29 year old female, & I\'ve been having problems with depression. I\'ve taken many different prescription anti anxiety and depression medications in the past, but all have had such bad side effects. I\'ve had to discontinue taking them. I\'ve started taking 200mg of 5htp @ night & seem to be doing ok, but now I\'m reading all of these scary things it can do to you like Hardening your arteries? Also producing some kind of toxin? Or producing to much seratonin? It\'s very confusing, and I don\'t know what information is correct. I\'ve also been checking into a product called sam-e, I bought a box of 400mg tablets which I haven\'t taken yet, because I\'m seeing a lot of the same kind of scary things that can result from taking it. So I guess my question is are either one of these supplements safe? Which one is better/ safer? Or can I take both with no problems? I look forward to receiving a reply that can hopefully help me out, and answer a couple of questions! Thank you so much...

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