Phenibut is primarily used to treat anxiety and stress. Aside from this, there are a lot more other uses for this nootropic drug, which includes:
- Fear and anxiety
- Stress and fatigue
- Depression and insomnia
- Improving memory, learning, and thinking
The effects of phenibut HCL simultaneously combine mild-to-moderate sedation with mild-to-moderate stimulation, allowing one to feel physically relaxed and mentally focused at the same time. This increases sociability, lowering stress and inhibition levels without impairing judgement.
It is recommended however to use Phenibut HCL cyclically with days on and days of to avoid developing tolerance.
As a nootropic, phenibut enhances the brain’s cognitive function. As emphasized by Lapin, in an article published in the journal CNS Drug Reviews, this drug promotes desirable improvements in learning and memory capacities, enhanced attention and improved mood. This effect is believed to come from the simultaneous action on the cellular receptors for GABA-A, GABA-B and dopamine.
Several studies provide evidences for the neuroprotective capabilities of phenibut. This drug plays a very important role in protecting the neurons in the brain, especially during times of stress. It also has a very important role in protecting the neurons in times of oxygen deprivation, such as in injuries or impairment in venous flow. Phenibut HCL also protects the brain neurons when the body is engaged in extreme physical exertion that can cause overheating and decreased capacity for work.
Phenibut HCL powder is generally well-tolerated.
Possible side effects may include sedation, somnolence, nausea, irritability, agitation, anxiety, dizziness, headache, and allergic reactions such as skin rash and itching.
At high doses (over 4-5 grams), motor incoordination, loss of balance, and hangovers, vomiting may occur. There are no specific antidotes for phenibut overdose. Management of overdose includes activated charcoal, gastric lavage, induction of vomiting, and symptom-based treatment. We are not aware about any cases of death in association with phenibut overdose.
However it is strongly advised not to take this medication together with other stimulants including alcohol.
Tolerance develops to phenibut powder with repeated use.
Withdrawal symptoms may occur upon discontinuation, and, in recreational users taking high doses, have been reported to include severe rebound anxiety, insomnia, anger, irritability, agitation.
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