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need quick advice - over the counter stuff to calm anxiety?

Anxiety has been going into overdrive at work.

I have developed a bit of hayfever in the past few months but not taken anything. Everyone tells me to take anti-histamines but they make you drowsy. Does the dowsiness calm anxiety? Or is there any other over-the-counter stuff I can take that will have an effect?

Please reply quickly I could buy something tomorrow in my lunch break.

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Re: need quick advice - over the counter stuff to calm anxiety?

You might want to try Valerian.

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Does the drowsiness calm anxiety?
Well, it's hard to be nervous when you're barely even conscious, but I think there's a difference between being calm and simply being too tired to worry.

The only OTC product I've ever used that actually calms anxiety is alcohol. Not recommended for use at work.

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Does the drowsiness calm anxiety?
Well, it's hard to be nervous when you're barely even conscious, but I think there's a difference between being calm and simply being too tired to worry.

The only OTC product I've ever used that actually calms anxiety is alcohol. Not recommended for use at work.
Yes, I have actually considered that but I do not want to sacrifice what little there is left of my reputation.


Thanks srschrim, I will see if they have that at the pharmacy.

Anyone know something else I could try?
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Phenibut. I am not sure if you can get it over the counter. You definitely can buy it online though. It works for many people.
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Thanks AdrianG. I will pm again when I am better, hope that's ok.
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Aside from what's already been mentioned - kava kava and theanine.
Kava and valerian root made me drowsy, theanine helps mildly with no side affects, but every little bit helps, i guess. Good luck, I hope you find something that works. btw there's an OTC product at GNC which has phenibut, downside is kava and valerian are also mixed into it, and it WILL make you drowsy, yet relaxed.
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You can try Rescue Remedy. It is made up of Bach Flower water and is quite famous for helping calm you down in very stressful situations. You can now get pastilles but it is mainly in bottle/dropper form and also aerosol.
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Aside from what's already been mentioned - kava kava and theanine.
Kava and valerian root made me drowsy, theanine helps mildly with no side affects, but every little bit helps, i guess. Good luck, I hope you find something that works. btw there's an OTC product at GNC which has phenibut, downside is kava and valerian are also mixed into it, and it WILL make you drowsy, yet relaxed.
I am all about the Kava. That stuff works really well for me.

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What did you get? Did it help??
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I take "Anxiety X" its all natural and helps calm me but so does about 1000mg of valerian root depending on the brand name.

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in australia we hav this stuff called 'st johns wart'. sounds gross, wierd name, but apparently pretty good 4 anxiety as far as OTC stuff goes. u guys in the states may not have it though
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I agree, try Kava. I suggest you get the one by Gaia Herbs, it's called "Kava Kava Professional Strength". I researched Kava a lot and found this one to the most powerful. It works within 20 minutes. Here's the link:

http://www.gaiaherbs.com/product.php?id=160



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Aside from what's already been mentioned - kava kava and theanine.
Kava and valerian root made me drowsy, theanine helps mildly with no side affects, but every little bit helps, i guess. Good luck, I hope you find something that works. btw there's an OTC product at GNC which has phenibut, downside is kava and valerian are also mixed into it, and it WILL make you drowsy, yet relaxed.
I am all about the Kava. That stuff works really well for me.
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I heard somewhere that kava kava is bad for your health not sure exaclty what anatomy (liver)? is effected but correct me if Im wrong

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I heard somewhere that kava kava is bad for your health not sure exaclty what anatomy (liver)? is effected but correct me if Im wrong
if you take it too frequently it may adversly affect the liver

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I read that too that's why I only use it before an important event or when I'm VERY stressed out. The professional strength Kava Kava is particularly potent and should not be used too often.
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I heard somewhere that kava kava is bad for your health not sure exaclty what anatomy (liver)? is effected but correct me if Im wrong
Yeah, I've heard that, but almost nothing is immune to negative side effects if used in large doses. I read about this on wikipedia (grain of salt) and the main study where the claim comes from also said that most people who had liver problems while on the kava were mixing it with alcohol, which I don't do. So who knows.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I will try and get hold of some kava kava.
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