GABA doesn't really pass the blood/brain barrier well. If you really want to treat withdrawal with GABA, the drug to take is Neurontin, if you want to take a drug. To get GABA naturally, best to take taurine, the amino acid that makes it along with B-6, and some relaxant herbs such as kava or passionflower. Withdrawal from Prozac doesn't usually begin if it begins at all until a while after you stop, since it stays in the body for a long time, unlike other ssris. Did you taper off, or quit abruptly?
Why are you quitting prozac? ANd what is 5htp?
will I find this neurontin at a health food store or is it prescription? Do i take taurine alone or with B6? I tapered off and I can tell its withdrawal cause one day I gave up and took one Prozac pill and was back to normal for a bit. and 5 htp is a precursor to serotonin. Paxiled- Have you taken GABA yourself?
Yeah, it made me more nervous, which is common with it. Taurine is much more helpful. The B-6 question depends on how much you're already getting in other supplements and your diet, but the body does need B-6 to make both serotonin and GABA. 5-HTP can work against you when you're in withdrawal, because what's happening is, serotonin receptors are waking up that the body felt weren't necessary anymore because of the reuse of serotonin by other receptors targeted by the Prozac. 5-HTP can just exacerbate that. Some have found it helpful, and some have found it makes withdrawal worse. More people report benefits from St. John's Wort and herbs such as passionflower and hefty doses of fish oil. Neurontin is a drug used mainly for neuropathy but sometimes for anxiety. I've heard some report it helps with withdrawal, but it is another med you'll have to deal with -- side effects can include weight gain, increased anxiety (ironic isn't it that relaxants often cause anxiety), and sedation, but when you're in withdrawal it's probably the sedation that's most welcome. Neurontin is basically GABA. It isn't digested, it goes straight to the brain. I've never taken it, but my psychiatrist is considering it because I had a Paxil withdrawal four years ago that never stopped -- don't worry, you won't get this, particularly not with Prozac. This will pass.