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Decreasing prn meds due to all the meds I take for back issues. Is l-theanine a good substitute for ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

Decreasing prn meds due to all the meds I take for back issues. Is l-theanine a good substitute for ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

Complex situation: I don't know what dose of Lorazepam you are on or how long you've been on it. I would not however utilize l-theanine as a substitute for lorazepam. You would first have to gradually, and I mean very gradually taper down the dose of Lorazepam under the supervision of your prescribing physician. L-theanine has shown to be as effective as Lorazepam in some studies. However, it does not block Lorazepam withdrawal. After you were to withdraw from the lorazepam, your doctor would some point introduce the other over-the-counter substance to see if it would help in terms of your anxiety. ...Read more

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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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What's a safe and effective herb, supplement, or OTC medicine for relieving stress and anxiety? Is l-theanine good?

What's a safe and effective herb, supplement, or OTC medicine for relieving stress and anxiety? Is l-theanine good?

Chamomile is: Gentle ; can be helpful. Some animal studies have shown that theanine produces dopamine. Dopamine can make a person feel improved. I am not familiar enough with theanine to know how effective it is for this purpose. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on kava kava for anxiety? L-theanine has been helpful but I've heard mixed things about kava kava. What is proper dosage?

What is your opinion on kava kava for anxiety? L-theanine has been helpful but I've heard mixed things about kava kava. What is proper dosage?

Caution: Although a traditional beverage in polynesian cultures, kava extracts have been associated with liver damage. See: http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5147a1.Htm
there are safer ways to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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What are your opinions on l-theanine? My psychiatristrecommended that I take it for both my add and anxiety but wasn't sure of the dosage. I have been taking 200 mg twice, daily. Is it ok?

What are your opinions on l-theanine? My psychiatristrecommended that I take it for both my add and anxiety but wasn't sure of the dosage. I have been taking 200 mg twice, daily. Is it ok?

L-Theanine: L-theanine is found in green tea. In research studies on anxiety, they've used 200mg/day -- it takes effect in ~30min and lasts for 8-10 hours. For clinical trials in cognitive function (alertness, etc), a dose of 250mg/day has been used. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/18006208? dopt=abstract you might suggest that your "psych" subscribe to http://www. Naturalstandard. Com/ -- very helpful. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on L-theanine supplements? Specifically for anxiety

What is your opinion on L-theanine supplements? Specifically for anxiety

Safe and effective: I have recommended l-theanine to hundreds of patients & find it safe & effective in reducing anxiety. However, I usually advise it in combination with other anti-anxiety agents like magnesium & holy basil (as theanine calming formula), so it's hard to assess how much of the benefit they get is purely from l-theanine. But studies show it is effective: http://www. Med. Nyu. Edu/content? Chunkiid=653856. ...Read more

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Can I take both GABA (750mg) and L-theanine (400 mg daily) for anxiety., or are they contraindicated?

Can I take both GABA (750mg) and L-theanine (400 mg daily) for anxiety., or are they contraindicated?

Don't bother: (sigh) You've been listening to the health food store clerk again, haven't you? You may as well ask your mother. Ingested GABA doesn't cross the "blood-brain barrier" (important; look it up). Threonine (?) is essential AA. You can almost bank on it: If health food hucksters promote something, there's probably no real evidence for it - as in this case. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some suggestions for best l-theanine brand (or other types of supplements) to help with anxiety?

Can you tell me some suggestions for best l-theanine brand (or other types of supplements) to help with anxiety?

Supplements anxiety: Supplements can help with a variety of emotional responses. However, it's important to know what might be causing the anxiety first. Is it a medical problem, or something that a psychologist should address first? Consider that before checking out supplements. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best l-theanine supplements for anxiety (or other supplements to combat anxiety)?

Can you tell me what is the best l-theanine supplements for anxiety (or other supplements to combat anxiety)?

Theanine is found: In tea. It helps the brain become focused yet relaxed. You can purchase theanine in health food stores. (the l before theanine means it will work more quickly.) neuroscience labs has theanine products. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 200mg Suntheanine (L-theanine) while on. 125mg of Lorazepam? Tapering off benzos & having severe rebound anxiety. Thanks.

Is it ok to take 200mg Suntheanine (L-theanine) while on. 125mg of Lorazepam? Tapering off benzos & having severe rebound anxiety. Thanks.

Shouldn't be problem: Another option is to use an anticonvulsant. I have withdrawn a number of people who had really major problems getting off benzos by adding either Neurontin (gabapentin) or valproate to the regimen, tapering down and off the benzos, and then tapering the anticonvulsant. Other option could be use a compounding pharmacy to cut the 0.125 mg into even smaller decrements and continue tapering. ...Read more

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Recently started citalopram. 5mg for 10 days, 1st day on 10 mg. Can I take l-theanine with it as well to help anxiety during the day? Instead of benzo

Recently started citalopram. 5mg for 10 days, 1st day on 10 mg. Can I take l-theanine with it as well to help anxiety during the day? Instead of benzo

Let Rx Dr. Know 1st: In all likelihood, your Dr. Should not have a problem with this. The L Theanine is a natural substitute such as Green tea, and may help anxiety and sleep issues as well, and get you off an addicting Benzo at the same time. It is important, for continuity of care to tell your Rx dr. Of your wishes though. ...Read more

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I've heard the supplement theanine can help with anxiety. Any truth to this? Any reason not to try it?

I've heard the supplement theanine can help with anxiety. Any truth to this? Any reason not to try it?

Weigh pros and cons: If your anxiety interferes with your functionality on a regular basis, some L-theanine effects can help you get a calmer mind.
Similar effects can be achieved through other means, without the negative effects. ...Read more

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Took 300 mg/day of theanine for anxiety, but now on Lexapro 10 mg, but the theanine helped quickly, like xanax (alprazolam). Can I take both lexapro and theanine?

Took 300 mg/day of theanine for anxiety, but now on Lexapro 10 mg, but the theanine helped quickly, like xanax (alprazolam). Can I take both lexapro and theanine?

Theanine is suppleme: Theanine is supplement so there usually is not reliable research available. Lexipro is an SSRI antidepressant
There shouldn't be any problem with a trial of both of these meds in the dosage you mentioned. If you had any apparent side effects I would discuss them with your psychiatrist ...Read more

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Can L-Theanine and chamomile be taken with zoloft (sertraline) to help with anxiety?

Drug supplement inte: While there is no clear interaction between chamomile and Zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) always good to be cautious as everybody's body responds differently. Even though there are no established interactions between Zoloft (sertraline) and L theonine, there is the potential risk of increased serotonin in the body there caution is advised. Maldonado maximizing the Zoloft (sertraline) dose if tolerated would be effective for anxiety. ...Read more

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Considering L-theanine for anxiety. Does this cross the brain-blood barrier? Work for anxiety?

L- Theanine: I understand your need to have relief from Anxiety.
L- Theanine is able to cross blood-brain barrier. Some research suggests that taking it may make unstressed people feel more tranquil.
There in not enough Research to demonstrate effectiveness of L-Theanine for Anxiety.
It is not as effective for treatment of Anxiety as Benzodiazepines, Therapy,
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Is it true that taking theanine with your coffee will help lessen anxiety anything about numbness and l-theanine. Any ideas?

Is it true that taking theanine with your coffee will help lessen anxiety anything about numbness and l-theanine. Any ideas?

First find out the: Cause of numbness by seeing your doc. L-theanine is found in tea and it helps us to focus our concentration yet be relaxed. Capsules are available and contain more than a cup of tea does. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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So l- theanine is the best supplement to take for anxiety and panic attacks and also for social anxiety as well?

Really?: I'm not sure where you heard that l-theanine is "the best supplement to take for anxiety and panic attacks and also for social anxiety" etc. Maybe you could share your insights and research with the rest of us? There are numerous supplements people try for these issues -- but with the variability in quality and inconsistency in dosing ; diagnoses, it's hard to know what's "best." take care. ...Read more

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Hi. Can I take 5htp or L-Theanine for anxiety/depression while nursing my almost 14 month old? I'd like to know if it's safe for her.

?: 5HT (serotonin), not directly known of its safety in breastfeeding, but SSRIs, as sertraline was studied and was safe. As for L-theanine, this is rather a herbal medicine classified as a supplement, hence no studies to determine safety in breastfeeding, which may be safe, you can confer with your doctor, your daughter's pediatrician, or wean your daughter if you aren't sure and need the the treatment ...Read more

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Hi, is it safe to use noopept together with l-theanine and citalopram. I'm a woman of 42 suffering from depression and anxiety issues.?

Hi, is it safe to use noopept together with l-theanine and citalopram. I'm a woman of 42 suffering from depression and anxiety issues.?

As far as is known: There are no known interactions between noopept & other drugs/supplements but more research is needed. It should be fine with L-theanine and is probably safe with citalopram as it is not known to directly affect serotonin levels. If you try it proceed with caution and start with low doses, but it has potential to be beneficial. See
https://nicksdatabase. Wordpress. Com/the-memory-enhancer-noopept/ ...Read more