Citation: MomeRath. "Great High Terrible Withdrawal: An Experience with Phenibut (exp104853)". Erowid.org. Mar 2, 2019. erowid.org/exp/104853
I just wanted to add to the many cautionary tales about phenibut.
I have a long history of drug use. There aren't many things I haven't tried over the past 15 years. Lately I basically have just been sticking to cannabis and beer, but over the last year I had a love/hate relationship with taking phenibut.
I started taking small doses once or twice a week for anxiety or to help sleep and within a couple months I was taking about 8-12 grams a day just to feel normal
within a couple months I was taking about 8-12 grams a day just to feel normal
It was really fun at first. It relieved my anxiety and made me a little drunk feeling and sleepy but once I started using more and more it became clear that it was going to be difficult to stop.
After a summer of heavy use I decided it needed to stop. I was worried about my kidneys and liver and it was costing me a lot of money. Also it was potentially making me dumb. I was just zonked out all the time. Ridiculous.
I had read all about the addictive potential and the withdrawal similar to benzodiazepines but as usual I thought I was different.
Anyway, I got one more shipment and was able to taper off slowly and successfully over the course of three weeks but it was not at all pleasant. I feel like I may still be having some rebound anxiety and sexual side effects even after a couple months.
It's a useful substance but limit dose and use! I know I'm not providing any new information here, but I wanted to add another voice to the many so that maybe people like me will heed the warnings. Watch out for this stuff if you decide to use it.
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