Self Inflicted Perma Ban
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Peoria, AZ
Language: Fluent English and Dutch, some Anglo-Saxon and German. Currently studying Bokmal Norwegian.
This stuff is amazing! I've taken to calling it my happy pills. Although I probably built up the dose a little faster than I should have since I don't have a 50mg bottle, but only a bottle with 100mg capsules, it has worked wonders for me. I currently take 300mg per day. That is one capsule of 100mg with each of the three major meals. I use the natural variant instead of the synthetic one.
I decided to take this after I noticed a resurgence of Pure O OCD, lots of nasty intrusive thoughts and a feeling of overall gloom. I've been on SSRIs in the past, and they didn't really work for me, plus the side effects were intense. This stuff, however, caused me a relaxed feeling right from the first capsule. OCD actually intensified for the next few days, along with general anxiety. This seems to be a common occurance with the disorder right before it gets better for some reason. After a few more days, I noticed my intrusive thoughts, hell, even most of my anxiety in general, social or otherwise, had dimished with about 80%. And that's just the first week. I could actually go out, look people in the face, and I didn't feel a single shred of anxiety. I have not noticed any decrease in sex drive or any of the other side effects people have reported here, aside from the few mentioned below.
The downsides: it makes me kind of drowsy, although this is noticeably becoming less and less every day. Secondly, I find that taking coffee while on this makes me very jittery. It is also not recommended to take this with alcohol. Both substances negatively affect your serotonin levels, so that makes sense. As a result, I'm cutting both substances out of my diet altogether. A small sacrifice to make if you ask me.
Lastly, taking this on an empty stomach made me a little bit nauseous, though definitely not something I found bothersome to the extent I couldn't sleep.
Also a few notes, 300mg is supposed to be the dosage used for treatment of anxiety etc. You shouldn't be taking this for longer than 12 week, or until it stops working, in which case a break of a week or two is needed for the supplement to be effective again. Do not use in conjecture with any SSRI or MAO, or a similar drug because you don't want Serotonin Syndrome. Allow up to two weeks for the supplement to take effect. I would also very much like to confirm that this stuff is not a placebo. It's supported by clinical trials that you can easily find through some googling, and nothing so far has ever helped me reduce OCD once it flares up, safe for rigorous application of therapeutic techniques I learned, which, in this case, I did not even need to apply. Yes, I'm promoting this stuff.
EDIT: During the first two weeks there's a chance that, like with SSRIs, the anxiety may actually get worse. This is a temporary thing.
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