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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Does inositol help you sleep or give you insomia?

Does inositol help you sleep or give you insomia?

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 more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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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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Dr. David Sneid
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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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Dr. Valencia Porter
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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. David Sneid
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Is it alright to take inositol and an ssri simultaneously?

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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Dr. David Sneid
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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Dr. Randy Baker
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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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Dr. Randy Baker
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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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