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    best supplements for anxiety?


    so for years and years ive been on prescription medication for anxiety and im ready to get off. ive gradually lowered my dose to the point where im taking so little that i doubt its actually doing anything (probably just a placebo effect that im 'on medication'), but i think the hardest part is going to be getting completely off. i know exercise, breathing techniques, etc help a lot, but im looking for something to take off that extra little edge as i come off completely and in particularly stressful/anxious times.


    the research ive done has listed A LOT of different herbs that help (there are about 5-10 specific ones that show up on every list ive found), but im having a hard time finding which ones, exactly, work best. im not in a position where i can buy 5+ more supplements every month or so, and im trying to figure out which one (or two) would be best, which i havent found, leading me here.

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    not to mention, many of the search results ive found are promoting a specific product that contains x,y and z
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    Herbs- Valerian root is the only one I would use. The others have too many properties.

    Vitamins- A good multi-vitamin will help, and some extra vitamin C

    Minerals- magnesium is a must.

    Amino acids- L-theanine 100-200mg and taurine 1,000mg

    Some magnesium citrate powder in a hot cup of valerian tea does wonders.
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    look into picamilon
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambulldog View Post
    look into picamilon
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    thanks for all the input... picamilon seems to work wonders for some people (especially in short-term, which would be good for especially stressful times like final exams, etc).

    also, l-theanine is something that ive seen come up several times in my searches. might have to give that a try.

    thanks again for your help. magnesium is cheap enough, so ill include that. i was leaning towards l-theanine before i posted, so i might have to pick some up as well... im going to look into the other stuff, as i dont know too much about rhodiola rosea, valerian root, etc.
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    Rhodiola Rosea
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    Plus avoid any thing that increase LH a lot, in my experience anyhow, they seem to amplify my anxiety big time. Especially DAA.
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    short list
    5-htp
    valerian root
    l-theanine
    magnesium
    rhodiola
    bacopa monnieri
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    thanks guy

    cordeen - i have daa sitting on my counter right now. its been there unopened for 6 months because of that very reason. ive heard of it causing anxiety in people otherwise not prone to such, so im kind of worried what it would do to me haha. (also, ive heard a little about its neurotoxicity, but havent really done enough research. the 'research' i have done seems to be a little insufficient on both sides, and forums are usually just people arguing back and forth about it, haha)
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    Speaking of daa. It reminded me that agmatine has some anti anxiety properties. So there is another good one to add to your list. By the way I have suffered from anxiety attacks in the past and I have used all of these at one point or another and they definitely help. Also stay away from freaking yohimbe that sh$t puts my right into an anxiety attack. However I have used daa and felt fine no issues of anxiety. But everyone is different so just because it didn't trigger anxiety in me doesn't mean it won't in you. Good luck and God bless.
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    Phenibut XT works well for me. Believe it or not, Agmatine helps me in this area also.
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    First off, I agree with the above post that Yohimbe is a culprit too. Anyhow, this is simply my own theory regarding higher than normal Luetinizing Hormone increasing anxiety. Even higher dosed Dopa Mucuna results in increased anxiety, so I keep the dose lower and I am fine. But DAA takes the cake (for me anyhow) and it may affect anxiety via other avenues but I too had to put my container away.

    There are other legal recreational herbs such as Kanna, Kratom, and Blue Lotus that may work as a short time fix.

    Another point is that when I take products that increase DHT (natural or hormonal PHs) the alpha mentality and male confidence brought on by the increased DHT seems to really bury a lot of anxiety.

    Just my own experiences.

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    thanks guy

    cordeen - i have daa sitting on my counter right now. its been there unopened for 6 months because of that very reason. ive heard of it causing anxiety in people otherwise not prone to such, so im kind of worried what it would do to me haha. (also, ive heard a little about its neurotoxicity, but havent really done enough research. the 'research' i have done seems to be a little insufficient on both sides, and forums are usually just people arguing back and forth about it, haha)
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    Piracetam + Choline

    I know it's more for concentration, but I've found it helps enormously with anxiety. And since I was diagnosed with PTSD, I've also tried alot of different things.

    A boost in confidence, alot of times, relieves anxiety. I find I get that with Piracetam.
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    thanks again for everyones input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Rhodiola Rosea
    Rhodiola Rosea acts similiar to a prescription drug. It's a MAO-B and MAO-A inhibitor. You can categorize it as a drug similiar to a prescription medication. Just like another herb St. John's wort. It's mechanism's of actions aren't simple. Keep that in mind Bill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RenegadeRows View Post
    Piracetam + Choline

    I know it's more for concentration, but I've found it helps enormously with anxiety. And since I was diagnosed with PTSD, I've also tried alot of different things.

    A boost in confidence, alot of times, relieves anxiety. I find I get that with Piracetam.
    I like this combo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flightposite View Post
    short list
    5-htp
    valerian root
    l-theanine
    magnesium
    rhodiola
    bacopa monnieri
    good choices- I love 5-HTP at 100 mg eod- does the trick for depression and anxiety, even during the winter
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    Quote Originally Posted by fightbackhxc View Post
    I like this combo.
    I like piracetam as well- but it is the most horrible tasting chemical I have ever come across- makes me nauseous even thinking about it......
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    Shouldn't also be noted to have a good level of Vitamin D? Omega 3's as well.

    ....if we are talking about depression.
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    5 HTP saved my sanity over a particularly rough 2 month period, dosing is as high as 50-100mg 2-4 times a day at times. I was probably getting hit by anxiety that warranted meds and a psych, but I didn't go that route. 5-HTP with STRONG chamomile tea as needed did just enough to calm me that I was able to figure out what was causing my stress, and how I was going to fix it...luckily, fate removed the 'issue' from my life without me needing to do a thing.

    Magnesiun also helped some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rms80 View Post
    I like piracetam as well- but it is the most horrible tasting chemical I have ever come across- makes me nauseous even thinking about it......
    I agree here. Only way I can take it is capped, or in a shot. yuck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankTheTrain View Post
    Rescue Remedy work well.
    I used to use that years ago, I think I came to the conclusion that I was getting some mild anxiety relief from the high alcohol content it contained and nothing else. lol. It hasn't done well for anxiety in studies either. I think it's definetely a placebo effect.
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    500mg L-Theanine during day, 1200mg of valarian root at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms80 View Post
    I like piracetam as well- but it is the most horrible tasting chemical I have ever come across- makes me nauseous even thinking about it......
    I agree completely. After about a week I gave up on the tub and gave it away, just didn't want to do it anymore.

    I like:
    -Picamilon
    -Phenibut
    -5-HTP
    -PEA
    -GABA

    Not all at the same time, but some options.
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    I've been battling anxiety for many years now , and ive tried everything. I have been through benzo withdrawal, and no longer use pharmaceuticals. I have found that natural remedies work better in the long run . I like ashwaganda in the daytime, it does not make me tired like other anxiolytics. I use magnesium oil morning noon and night, it has probably made the biggest difference overall. I just upped my dose of vitamin a and for some reason feel even less anxiety. At night I prefer holy basil extract 2%, immediate effect, sleep well, and no rebound anxiety. Valerian gives me terrible anxiety the next day, won't touch it. I really recommend avoiding any gaba derivative, as the rebound anxiety can be tremendous. Lastly, avoid stims at all cost, learn to meditate, and know that life is exactly how it should be.
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    Now foods has a good one with most of that stuff in it already. Try it. I am going to.
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    You should steer clear of any supplements like these until you are off your anti depressants for at least a month. They can stay in your system for a month or more and interact with these types of supplements mentioned, especially 5Htp and St.Johns Wort. You don't want Serotonin Syndrome....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordeen View Post
    First off, I agree with the above post that Yohimbe is a culprit too. Anyhow, this is simply my own theory regarding higher than normal Luetinizing Hormone increasing anxiety. Even higher dosed Dopa Mucuna results in increased anxiety, so I keep the dose lower and I am fine. But DAA takes the cake (for me anyhow) and it may affect anxiety via other avenues but I too had to put my container away.

    There are other legal recreational herbs such as Kanna, Kratom, and Blue Lotus that may work as a short time fix.

    Another point is that when I take products that increase DHT (natural or hormonal PHs) the alpha mentality and male confidence brought on by the increased DHT seems to really bury a lot of anxiety.

    Just my own experiences.
    That's my experience as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cold View Post
    I really recommend avoiding any gaba derivative, as the rebound anxiety can be tremendous. Lastly, avoid stims at all cost, learn to meditate, and know that life is exactly how it should be.
    You do have to be careful with the GABA supplements. I spent many years using all the GABA supplements and I think it led to more anxiety in the long-run. Phenibut by far had the worst long-term effects. Stimulants also inhibit or lower GABA levels.
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    yeah, it seems like everything is reported to have some pretty serious sides in at least some people ranging from liver issues with bark that was in the root to long term effects like you mention. ive got l-theanine and ashwaganda on my short list. might try phenibut and picamilon for short term (maybe around exams or other particularly stressful times)
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    GABA helped me sleep so well. What is it that makes it cause anxiety?
    It makes me feel good. I do not like yohimbe. It causes anxiety.
    I hate it. I have an appt to get meds tomorrow. I'm military and have to.
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    thanks for the magnesium tip - i never would've known. just did a search on Google & seems like a lot of people have had success with it. i came across quite a few studies as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bill86 View Post
    so for years and years ive been on prescription medication for anxiety and im ready to get off. ive gradually lowered my dose to the point where im taking so little that i doubt its actually doing anything (probably just a placebo effect that im 'on medication'), but i think the hardest part is going to be getting completely off. i know exercise, breathing techniques, etc help a lot, but im looking for something to take off that extra little edge as i come off completely and in particularly stressful/anxious times.


    the research ive done has listed A LOT of different herbs that help (there are about 5-10 specific ones that show up on every list ive found), but im having a hard time finding which ones, exactly, work best. im not in a position where i can buy 5+ more supplements every month or so, and im trying to figure out which one (or two) would be best, which i havent found, leading me here.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    I've been in your same position. I weaned myself down to 2.5mg paxil (the smallest pill they make is 10mg) and decided I could quit just fine. DISASTER STRUCK... I quit for 10 days then went back on 2.5mg for a few months and now I've been on 5mg for 2 and a half months. I still am nowhere near the mental stability I was when on the low dose of the SSRI originally. I looked into a lot of natural supps but I am terrified of how they might interact with medication. I take medication for obsessive thoughts/anxiety.

    Has anyone actually quit an SSRI while using any of these supplements? I always read people talking about doing it but I've never heard an actually success story.
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    what about ZMA ??
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    zma should help with sleep - which i read will in-turn relieve some anxiety & it has magnesium as well
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    same here..... i weaned down to 5mg celexa (1/4 of a 20 mg pill), and got off for a couple days... anxiety came on hard last night and i had to break down and take another 1/4 pill, and i plan on taking another tonight. i think its a mental thing. coming off 5mg shouldnt be THAT hard (especially after being at 40mg at one point a few years ago, and weaning down from 20mg in the past few months). i too am a little nervous about interactions.

    if i had time, i think behavioral therapy would be best overall for learning to manage anxiety while coming off meds. but i dont have the time or money for that right now. and in all honesty, im pretty happy sitting at 5mg daily when, like i said, i was at 40 at one point. plus, i used to take 20mg lexapro, and celexa metabolizes differently, so 5mg celexa = 2.5mg lexapro.... i guess i should look on the bright side haha



    Quote Originally Posted by useyourhead View Post
    I've been in your same position. I weaned myself down to 2.5mg paxil (the smallest pill they make is 10mg) and decided I could quit just fine. DISASTER STRUCK... I quit for 10 days then went back on 2.5mg for a few months and now I've been on 5mg for 2 and a half months. I still am nowhere near the mental stability I was when on the low dose of the SSRI originally. I looked into a lot of natural supps but I am terrified of how they might interact with medication. I take medication for obsessive thoughts/anxiety.

    Has anyone actually quit an SSRI while using any of these supplements? I always read people talking about doing it but I've never heard an actually success story.
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    i guess it just worries me a little bit about ssri interactions with supplements. ive really been wanting to give andromass a try (thinking of ph's for a while now), but i worry what it may do mentally or with regards to interaction. i doubt many reps would know, specifically, and my doctor isnt the type who will give me a straight answer knowing its going to lead to me taking ph's.
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