The amino acid GABA does not cross the blood brain barrier so does not have any effect on anxiety for most people. The balance of GABA in brain chemistry is a very delicate thing, too much & you will find yourself comatose which is why the brain has a strong protective barrier. However, because of this it's not possible to OD on supplemental GABA & there are anecdotal reports from people who say it did help them so it's worth a try but if it doesn't work for you, you won't be alone.
The amino acid l-theanine does seem to promote the functioning of GABA in the brain & is also worth trying. It's much more subtle than benzos but also free of side effects & has no withdrawals or risks of addiction.
What dose are you taking of Baclofen? I've read that the typical dose is 10mg x 3 daily, but that it takes 80mg to affect anxiety. Also that it should only be used for a couple of months. I'm very interested in this drug. I suffered from something like PTSD before detox from norco and am still very uncomfortable with anxiety. I wan't to talk to my pdoc about this. I also have chronic pain from a back injury and wonder if baclofen can help. I take neurontin and it doesn't seem to be helping.
All of the amino's in the "amino protocol" I have researched very well on the Kaiser Permenente website. None of these amino's are proven to do anything at all. And, be careful that they don't interfere with any current meds you might be taking. I have also yet to find a doctor that believes they really do anything either........
The only OTC thing for anxiety that I know does help is Kava Kava. I don't know if you can get it anymore but if you do find it be careful with it because it is not great for the liver. they give these warnings because people abuse it. I think they took it off the market because some punk idiots figured out a way to make it a drug.....i think?
Excellent recommendation. Kava Kava is a fantastic anxiolytic herbal. It is generally very safe and has only been toxic to the liver in massive amounts. I have read that the effect is as powerful as valium.
I use Kava Root ( to prepare yucky beverage ) and 30% kavalactone capsules. It does help and if I took more it would probably help more, but cost is an issue. The problems with liver toxicity are attributed to some manufacturers adding leaf and stem matter in their preparations. Only the root of the plant is safe to use.
If you don't mind...what dosage of Baclofen do you take?
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.