Phenibut for Opiate Withdrawal
What Is Phenibut?
Phenibut is marketed in the U.S. as an herbal supplement. In some places like Russia, it’s a prescription drug used for the treatment of anxiety. Phenibut is classified as a GABA agonist, and it has a calming effect on brain activity. GABA is a brain neurotransmitter responsible for reducing neural overactivity and reducing feelings of anxiety. Phenibut is also helpful for conditions like social anxiety because it can reduce over-thinking and self-consciousness. Along with treating anxiety, it is used in countries outside the U.S. to treat depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Despite the fact that phenibut is not approved in the U.S., it is still sold online as a supplement and even as a nootropic. Nootropics are so-called “smart” substances that marketers say help with cognitive function. While some people do find benefits with the use of phenibut, it’s unregulated and can cause negative side effects. Phenibut has the potential to be psychologically addictive, and it is likely people who regularly use it will develop a physical dependence. Often people will see phenibut labeled as natural or as a supplement and think that means it’s automatically safe and healthy, which isn’t necessarily true. One area of discussion is phenibut for opiate withdrawal. People wonder if phenibut could have benefits to ease uncomfortable symptoms that occur when abstaining from drug usage.
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