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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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 and ativan? Should i start on a smaller dose?

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

Yes you can, BUT: Please don't rely solely on Ativan 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9169302. ...Read more