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Does using inositol work for curing anxiety?

Does using inositol work for curing anxiety?

Possibly: Inositol is a natural supplement that may help anxiety by reducing the stress response. In two small studies, doses of 12 to 18 g per day was as effective for reducing intensity and frequency of panic attacks as ssri and better than placebo for reducing intensity and frequency of panic attacks. Side-effects were comparable to ssri and include possible gastrointestinal upset. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Does supplements valerian root, GABA and inositol really work to reduce anxiety?

Does supplements valerian root, GABA and inositol really work to reduce anxiety?

To some extent: They are helpful. Another supplement that helps with anxiety but is not sedating is theanine. It's an Amino Acid found in green tea and doses of 100-400 mg are very helpful in reducing anxiety. ...Read more

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How much inositol is safe to take in one day? I have been taking 1 gram per day and it helps my anxiety a little bit. Is this better than medication

How much inositol is safe to take in one day?  I have been taking 1 gram per day and it helps my anxiety a little bit.  Is this better than medication

18 grams/day or more: Studies have been done using up to 18 grams of Inositol per day and found it safe & well-tolerated with few mild side effects. If it works for you it's better than drugs as it's safer & less habit-forming, but also try exercise, meditation & counseling. Many other supplements may help as well- see http://www.lef.org/Magazine/2011/3/The-Chemistry-of-Calm/Page-02
Also consider classical homeopathy. ...Read more

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Is inositol powder beneficial for severe anxiety?

Is inositol powder beneficial for severe anxiety?

Helps panic attacks&: In a double-blind controlled study inositol was found to be more effective than fluvoxamine (prozac) in reducing panic attacks & in those patients it worked as well as fluvoxamine for relieving anxiety & agoraphobia. It is also proven useful for OCD & depression. More research is needed but it is safe and many people have found it helpful. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/11386498. ...Read more

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Does it matter if i take powdered or capsules of inositol for anxiety? Can i take it with melatonin?

Does it matter if i take powdered or capsules of inositol for anxiety? Can i take it with melatonin?

U can take it : Both ways and you can take it with melatonin, I do not see what not... To be however 100% sure, ask a pharmacist or the doctor who prescribed the drug. Melatonin has minimal side effect and regulates the circadian rhythm. ...Read more

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I want to try INOSITOL to help relieve my anxiety and OCD. What would be the dosing - How many mg/g /times per day for this condition?

I want to try INOSITOL to help relieve my anxiety and OCD. What would be the dosing - How many mg/g /times per day for this condition?

An example: you can find various recommendations. Here is example of the use for an adult:
• Week 1 - 1 teaspoon/2x per day
• Week 2 - 1 teaspoon/3x per day
• Week 3 - 1.5 teaspoons/3x per day
• Week 4 - 2 teaspoons/3x per day
• Week 5 - 2.5 teaspoons/3x per day
• Week 6 - 3 teaspoons/3x per day
in my practice, I found better results if I combine inositol with other medications and psychotherapy ...Read more

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Would inositol make ocd/anxiety worse before it gets better? Kind of like SSRI's do. Also is inositol really effective for ocd?

Somewhat: Like most other b vitamins, they CAN have a postive effect on mood disorders, but not as effective as drug therapy. ...Read more

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Why would I have anxiety attacks from taking a very low dose of Inositol (300mg)? It's not listed as a side effect. Its supposed to help anxiety.

Why would I have anxiety attacks from taking a very low dose of Inositol (300mg)? It's not listed as a side effect. Its supposed to help anxiety.

Inositol: the problem with many supplements you take is they have not been subjected to studies but are supported by anecdotal or self reported uses. You also do not know if the supplement is pure. It may have reacted with something else you ingested as well, it is reported to cause agitation with caffeine. Or it may be doing nothing and your baseline anxiety is acting up. ...Read more

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My doctor suggested 8 grams of powdered inositol daily for anxiety. Can i take this with minocin (minocycline) and ativan? Should i start on a smaller dose?

Yes you can, BUT: Please don't rely solely on Ativan (lorazepam) or even inositol to deal with your anxiety. If you haven't already, please get a comprehensive evaluation of your anxiety by a psychiatrist and psychologist who knows cbt and other talk therapies well. If meds are needed, ssri's will help anxiety without exposing you to habit-forming meds like ativan (lorazepam). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9169302. ...Read more

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Benfotiamine-150mg,mecobalamin-1500mcg,alpha lipoic acid-100mg,chromium picolinate-200mcg & inositol-150mg doc gave me for anxiety,nerves(1aday)11days?

Benfotiamine-150mg,mecobalamin-1500mcg,alpha lipoic acid-100mg,chromium picolinate-200mcg & inositol-150mg doc gave me for anxiety,nerves(1aday)11days?

Adjunct only: This is a mix of vitamins and minerals. If you have anxiety that is making life difficult, your physician can help you get out of or deal with a bad situation, help you to find other ways of thinking / learn new skills, and perhaps offer temporary medicine that actually works. Be brave and best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm scared of meds so doctor told me to take inositol vitamin b powder for anxiety. Does it interact with ativan (lorazepam)? Can i take it in juice?

I'm scared of meds so doctor told me to take inositol vitamin b powder for anxiety. Does it interact with ativan (lorazepam)? Can i take it in juice?

Inositol: Using inositol for anxiety (including panic) requires fairly high doses -- 12-18 grams per day. You can take it in juice -- it tastes sweet. There is no interaction with ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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How does inositol work for sleep?

How does inositol work for sleep?

Inositol is believed: To have anxiolytic effects, allowing a person to become calm so that they can fall asleep. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) with inositol? Will inositol cause wellbutrin (bupropion) to not work as well?

Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) with inositol? Will inositol cause wellbutrin (bupropion) to not work as well?

???: Why would you want to use inositol? Are you clear on dosage? Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used an antidepressant, but there are many better known medications to use than inositol. This is more complicated than it seems. Check with the physician who prescribed the wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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Could inositol work for mild OCD and can I take if on klonopin (clonazepam)?

No and yes: Inositol may work for treatment of OCD though the amount of research showing it's effective for depression or anxiety is thin and small numbers of patients in the studies, and yes it can be taken with klonopin (clonazepam) ...Read more

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Do St. John's wort work for anxiety?

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St. John's wort: It is likely effective for mild depression, possibly also for menopausal symptoms, but not as effective for social anxiety, based on research data. Not enough evidence on its effectiveness for other anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Whats proven to treat anxiety? That works well.

Whats proven to treat anxiety? That works well.

For my money, it's:: Talk therapy that goes well beyond the line, "tell me how u feel about that." seek someone w/ expertise in diagnosis &treatment of anxiety disorders. It's vital 2understand what anxiety is, how it ticks. Benefit from specific approaches proven 2B effective in helping ppl develop skills 2manage anxiety (esp cbt, act, mindfulness). If really struggling, meds can b important. http://www.anxietybc.org. ...Read more

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Please explain what the linden method is for anxiety and how it works?

Linden Method: It appears to be a behavioral treatment program using packaged materials. They focus on issues related to the amygdala, and treat anxiety with a series of dvd's and cd's. There is a one year money back guarantee, and it has some favorable reviews from users, and costs around $175 for the program. Not sure of the efficacy but with a one year money back offer, it may be worth a look. ...Read more

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Can kava kava work for anxiety?

It can: Results with otc kava kava vary. I've had patients drink it in teas or take capsule forms with good results and some not so much. Seeing a professional can help you learn tools to manage your anxiety and would be more effective in the long run. ...Read more

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How exactly do anxiety meds work?

How exactly do anxiety meds work?

Different methods: Different meds work differently - some affect serotonin levels by raising them, while others are just sedatives (these are the most addictive like Xanax (alprazolam) and ativan). ...Read more

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Does htp work for social anxiety?

5 HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) is decarboxylated to serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-ht). It is reported to help with anxiety. I don't know about social anxiety disorder in specific. Have you considered seeing a psychiatrist/ psychologist to get a better handle on this? ...Read more

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How can antipsychotics work for anxiety?

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How can antipsychotics work for anxiety?

Anxiety: Antipsychotics, especially sedating ones, are occasionally used for agitation, especially in bipolar or psychotic cases, not for anxiety per se. ...Read more

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How well does sulpiride work for anxiety?

How well does sulpiride work for anxiety?

Sulpiride: Sulpiride is an atypical antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic depression, etc. It is not used for non-psychotic anxiety, but can certainly help patients who are very frightened by their hallucinations and delusions. ...Read more

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Does Wellbutrion work for social anxiety?

Does Wellbutrion work for social anxiety?

Possibly: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) are often selected to treat of social anxiety disorder. Recently it has come to light that wellbutrin may be of some benefit for this condition. However, if you have panic attacks- they could worsen. ...Read more

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At what dose brintellix can work good for anxiety?

Brintellix: If used alone, starting dose is10mg. once daily. May increase to 20mg. as tolerated. ...Read more

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What's a good way to address severe anxiety at work?

What's a good way to address severe anxiety at work?

Talk to MD: You normal doctor may be able to help with short term issues with meds. If it is an on-going problem, counseling may be needed (many employers provide free services for employees under stress). If the work is too stressful or too much, talking to your employer about small changes might make it better for you as well. (maybe reduce work load or distribute it evenly through the week). ...Read more

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What names of the anxiety pills that work best are there?

What names of the anxiety pills that work best are there?

See Below: There are no "the best or the greatest" pills. The prescription will depend on your medical history, medication tolerance, and most definitely, your own body reaction to the medicine. What "works best" for you, might not work at all for someone else. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about valerian for anxiety, does it work?

Can you tell me about valerian for anxiety, does it work?

For some, yes: For some people, valerian can help anxiety. But only a small number of studies have been done with a small number of patients. http://tinyurl.com/pzfvlhd overall, it lacked significant improvement in anxiety symptoms over valium or placebo. It may have better results as treatment of dysmenorrhea. http://tinyurl.com/q8a5qmb lack of standardization of products makes interpreting data difficult. ...Read more