Serotonin: Facts, What Does Serotonin Do? – Medical News Today

April 16, 2017


It is thought that serotonin can affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function. …
Drugs that alter serotonin levels [SSRIs] have important clinical uses such as in the treatment of depression, nausea and migraine. …

Serotonin is created by a biochemical conversion process which combines tryptophan, a component of proteins, with tryptophan hydroxylase, a chemical reactor. Together, they form
5-hydroxyltryptamine (5-HT), also referred to as serotonin.

Serotonin is most commonly believed to be a neurotransmitter, although some consider the chemical to be a hormone.

t is believed that medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that can affect the levels of serotonin in the body work as antidepressants and are able to relieve the symptoms of depression. It is unknown precisely how they work, however.