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Doctor insights on: Inositol Hexanicotinate For Anxiety

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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

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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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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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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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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Does inositol hexanicotinate have any effect on cholesterol?

Does inositol hexanicotinate have any effect on cholesterol?

It's a "non-flushing: Form of Niacin which can lower both cholesterol and triglycerides. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Is 500mg daily of inositol hexanicotinate dangerous? I took it for four years but stopped after reading it was ineffective for lipids.

Is 500mg daily of inositol hexanicotinate dangerous? I took it for four years but stopped after reading it was ineffective for lipids.

No: If it were dangerous, it would've been pulled off the market. However, it's definitely ineffective for lowering triglycerides & raising hdl. That only happens when you take "real" Niacin which is converted in the liver from nicotinic acid into nicotinamide. During this process, some people complain of redness, flushing & intense itching. Because nicotinamide is also "niacin", it is sold as nonflus. ...Read more

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Is 500mg daily of inositol hexanicotinate dangerous? I took it for four years but stopped after reading it was ineffective for lipid levels.?

Is 500mg daily of inositol hexanicotinate dangerous? I took it for four years but stopped after reading it was ineffective for lipid levels.?

Not Dangerous: While 500 mg per day of inositol hexanicotinate is not dangerous, you are correct that inositol does not improve lipids and should not be used. ...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 alright to take inositol and an ssri simultaneously?

Yes, but: There there is no known clinical benefit from taking the inositol. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between inositol and d-chiro-inositol?

Is there any difference between inositol and d-chiro-inositol?

Inositol & DCI: D-chiro-inositol is a supplement found in buckwheat, carob & fig leaf melon. It is a member of the family inositol carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Is inositol safe to buy and take if your 18? Will it help me relax and not think about my intrusive thoughts?

Is inositol safe to buy and take if your 18? Will it help me relax and not think about my intrusive thoughts?

See your doctor: Inositol is a compound that naturally occurs in the body, and is thought to affect the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin and other neurotransmitters play important roles in treatment of depression and anxiety. In your case, you describe having intrusive thoughts. Suggest seeing your doctor for a complete evaluation and recommendations instead of trying to treat your symptoms on your own. Best. ...Read more

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Can you take St. Johns Wort (Perika) and Inositol together? 300mg of St Johns Worth 3x per day and 6g of Inositol 3x per day

Can you take St. Johns Wort (Perika) and Inositol together? 300mg of St Johns Worth 3x per day and 6g of Inositol 3x per day

No known interaction: While taking St. John's wort (which has monoamine oxidase inhibiting properties that may help depression), you must not eat or drink certain foods and beverages that are high in tyramine as that can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels. Inositol is a vitamin-like substance that might help panic, anxiety, and depression and can cause nausea, tiredness, headache, and dizziness. Best regards. ...Read more

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Would u suggest taking inositol for pcos?

Would u suggest taking inositol for pcos?

Evidence: At the current time there is not enough clinical evidence to recommend this pseudovitamin based on scientific studies. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between inositol pills and powder?

The pills are: Powder compressed into a solid pill. THere's no benefit in taking either one. ...Read more

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Is 500 mg of inositol a day an alright dose...How about 1000 when on other meds?

It's like a vitamine: You can take up to 1800mg/day of inositol.
Rec: to call your pcp to talk about your problem or concern. ...Read more

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Is spironolactone and inositol safe together?

Is spironolactone and inositol safe together?

Yes, there are no: Interactions between the 2. They are safe together. ...Read more

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How much inositol powder should I take to treat ocd?

How much inositol powder should I take to treat ocd?

Probably 12 g daily: An increase in inositol in the brain seems to be one of the outcomes of ssri treatment, so it's sensible to consider what might happen if one simply takes inositol. Studies have shown that it seems to work like the ssris. One study found that 6 g a day helped with depression, though 12 g were required in a double-blind study. Sometimes it's difficult to tolerate because of flatulence and cramps. ...Read more

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What is the half life of inositol in plasma and the cns?

What is the half life of inositol in plasma and the cns?

Doesn't have one: As far as I can tell. Inositol is a sugar, and it is broken down in the stomach and first part of the intestines to simple sugars that are absorbed and then metabolized for energy in both the body and brain. I do not believe there is any free inositol that would enter the bloodstream or cross into the CNS as the parent sugar. ...Read more

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How much inositol is safe to take in a day? Ssri withdrawal?

How much inositol is safe to take in a day? Ssri withdrawal?

Best idea. TaperSSRI: The best idea is to briefly go back on the ssri you were on at a lower dose and taper off before trial on inositol. Call your doctor to discuss treatment. Please know, stopping ssri suddenly can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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What is the right inositol dosage for mild OCD and how many times a day?

What is the right inositol dosage for mild OCD and how many times a day?

The right dose: Inositol, one of the B vitamins, is not formally indicated for the treatment of OCD and has some interactions, including one with Lithium, that can be dangerous. The literature suggests that between 2 and 18 gm/day in divided doses can be effective. You should definitely talk with your health care provider before starting an inositol titration. ...Read more