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Inositol

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How does Inositol work?

Inositol might balance certain chemicals in the body to possibly help with conditions such as panic disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

Are there safety concerns?

Inositol is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults. It can cause nausea, tiredness, headache, and dizziness.

Inositol is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in the hospital for premature infants with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of inositol during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bipolar disorder: There is some concern that taking too much inositol might make bipolar disorder worse. There is a report of a man with controlled bipolar disorder being hospitalized with extreme agitation and impulsiveness (mania) after drinking several cans of an energy drink containing inositol, caffeine, taurine, and other ingredients (Red Bull Energy Drink) over a period of 4 days. It is not known if this is related to inositol, caffeine, taurine, a different ingredient, or a combination of the ingredients.

Dosing considerations for Inositol.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
  • For panic disorder: 12 to 18 grams per day.
  • For obsessive-compulsive disorder: inositol 18 grams per day.
  • For treating symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome: D-chiro-inositol 1200 mg per day.
  • For treating lithium-related psoriasis: 6 grams daily.

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