These past few months have been especially difficult for me to get through due to depression, social anxiety, non-stop negative thinking, attention, and general discomfort and unease. I had had experience with various anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs
in the past, including sertraline
, as well as phenibut
. All had worked to a degree, but nearly all had negative side effects
and drawbacks such as withdrawal
, memory loss, anxiety, depression, depersonalization, derealization, and habituation. Phenibut was a pharmaceutical I had been using for situational anxiety, but it ceased to work after it left my body.
Recently, my difficulties in socializing were mounting and I reached a point where I was desperate to do whatever it took to function and not struggle. Because I had read of phenibut possessing nootropic abilities, I decided to look further into it-- I knew for certain that its anxiolytic properties worked well enough.
I managed to find prescribing information for the Ukrainian perscription Noofen, which was distributed in packs of 20 tablets, each containing 250mg of phenibut. As per the instructions, I took the lowest prescribed dose of 250mg, 3 times per day (750mg/day). According to said prescribing information, this treatment plan was to continue for two to three weeks.
It's worth mentioning that I'm a female who was 24-years-old and weighed 150lbs at the time of treatment. I was (and still am) taking fish oil, vitamin d, aspirin, fenofexadine, spironolactone, and estradiol.
The instructions had listed only drowsiness and sedation as the primary side effects that would only be noted during the beginning of treatment. I noticed the sedation for the first three days, most notably at night, which was marked by intense physical and mental relaxation and a nodding off late at night that lasted until bedtime. This sedation lifted quickly, and I was left with a set of notable effects that lasted throughout the duration of this self-administration: a clear, calm mind, improved coordination, improved mood, improved memory, improved focus, increased sociability, and an ability to connect more emotionally. These effects have persisted beyond cessation of phenibut as well.
Most of those results stem, I believe, from having quieted my mind. I used to obsess my mind with thoughts of worry, apprehension, and negative self-image, but within days of starting the treatment, those obsessions had disappeared. It was definitely one of the most noticeable effects of phenibut, and it freed my mind to think about things that I wanted or needed to. It had been incredibly difficult to make eye contact and talk to strangers, friends, and family alike, but those problems vanished. What is very remarkable has been my own ability to recognize the worries that I had (and still have) for what they are and were, and to overcome those mental obstacles. My brain has slowed down, it feels, so that I may be able to think more clearly and quickly. I don't overanalyze things nearly as much as I used to, and being around others has become more enjoyable, much like when I was a child and was not so self-conscious. The ability to think more clearly has allowed me to focus better and remember more. My long-term and short-term memory have improved, as evidenced by my (new) ability to retain things I've just learned, such as math formulas, and things I can recall from weeks to years prior.
There were times, however, when I did not have faith that my usual 250mg dose would be enough for stressful times and events, so I would substitute a 750mg dose for one of my 250mg ones. According to the instructions, this was allowed, however, I may have interpreted the instructions incorrectly because I would take the following dose as scheduled. Despite this, I did not experience any negative effects from the increased dose or increased intake for that day. I took those doses a total of four times throughout the three weeks of my total treatment.
It has been eight days since I last ingested any phenibut, and I haven't experienced withdrawal symptoms--I don't expect any to start, but I will update this post if I feel any semblance of a discontinuation syndrome. I understand that many people use or need larger amounts of phenibut to relieve their anxiety, but after this experience, I feel that taking smaller doses on a schedule over a period of time produces much better anxiety relieve as well as nootropic results. I have taken doses between 1.5 and 3 grams in the past countless times, and this trial gave me infinitely better results. They were astounding!
I was very skeptical in the beginning of treatment and throughout its course, but this therapeutic treatment plan impressed me so much!
If used appropriately, as in by following prescribing instructions or doctor's recommendations, phenibut can be a very invaluable nootropic with anxiolytic properties (and vice-versa
*p.s. I've uploaded the prescribing leaflet to the files section, and will include a link once I figure out how!