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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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