Hi, I joined this forum so I could share experiences with Phenibut. I don't have social anxiety but I do have anxiety and fear about other things. I've been into a natural/holistic lifestyle for 30 years and try to avoid all prescribed medications as well as OTC medication, preferring to treat myself with herbal remedies, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and other modalities.
I went to a naturopathic doctor for chronic neck/head problems which also have an effect on my mood. It felt like no nerve energy was flowing to my head. Along with vitamins/herbs/supplements, the doctor threw in a bottle of PheniTropic from Biotics Research with the recommendation of one 300 mg/capsule a day.
I took it as prescribed and by the 4th day started to feel good, and felt great by day 5 and 6 with my head feeling clearer than it had in a long time. I was a bit more outgoing and confident socially and also felt more horny. At that point I decided to read about phenibut and found some of the forums like this where people talk about tolerance and bad withdrawal symptoms. At that point I stopped taking it because I have a fear of becoming addicted to drugs, and I also wanted to see if there would be any negative symptoms by stopping it at that point.
It's been a week now since I stopped. I don't have that great feeling I had, but I also haven't reverted back to the low state I was in with bouts of fear, anxiety and depression. I don't know if the phenibut made any changes or kick-started any neurotransmitters, or if any of the other supplements or modalities are responsible, but the pressure/stress in my head/neck has lessened also.
I was concerned when I learned phenibut was a drug because I always want to take things that will repair/restore whatever is not functioning correctly, not artificially prop it up. I would rather restore neurotransmitter function if that was what was responsible for my low state of mind. I will probably try it again on a select basis, perhaps for certain situations, or even to take it once a week and see what happens. Perhaps it is supplying something that's missing on a permanent basis rather than a temporary fix.
I've always been afraid of any kind of "recreational" or mind-altering substances, i.e. never even smoked marijuana. Once in my life I took a prescribed Vicodin for severe nerve pain in the leg from a bulging disc, and had an experience I would describe as a bad LSD trip.
As you can see, I was getting good results from a relatively low dosage of phenibut, compared to some of the amounts I see others are taking. I will check in again when I have further observations to report...