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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 it normal to have strong OCD bout during inositol course 3 teaspoons/3x per day?

Is it normal to have strong OCD bout during inositol course 3 teaspoons/3x per day?

Yes: While there is some evidence that ocd can respond to inositol, the evidence is not as strong as the evidence for ssri's (like zoloft, prozac, paxil...). However, I do not know you dose without knowing how much medicine is in a teaspoon. You should be on 2000 mg of inositol so check how much is in a teaspoon. ...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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