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Inositol: Inositol at doses of 12-18 grams/day can be helpful in anxiety. If that's what interfering with your sleep, inositol may help. However there have been a few case reports of inositol possibly inducing mania -- in which case the person would have insomnia. These cases resolved within a few days of stopping the inositol, and the patients were also taking other medications at the time, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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