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post #41 of 650
Hi Carla,

I am still taking 12mg inositol per day. Through trial and error I've discovered that for me it's the central element of my depression treatment -- I've cut out many of the other supplements with no problems but if I skip the inositol for 2 or 3 days, my husband can tell.
post #42 of 650
That's awesome! Thanks for letting me know. I will pass on this info to my mods on my PPD website!

Carla
post #43 of 650
Came upon this thread, bought the Inositol yesterday, took one tablespoon, and forgot today, and today I feel terrible -- guess it's Inositol withdrawal! And am so afraid of being hooked on it! Anyone else have these feelings when they forget: like the world is too loud, like your nerves are all on end, like you are raw? Ugh!
post #44 of 650
Pookietooth,

I doubt the "withdrawal" was biological...more likely disappointment in self for forgetting manifesting as physical symptoms. Hope you're feeling better now.

I am so grateful for finding this thread. I take 12 g inositol daily and have gotten off Zoloft after many years on it. I no longer feel numb and it's wonderful to feel alive again. I am not having depression symptoms after a lifetime of horrible, crippling, near-constant depressive periods. I feel great!

The diarrhea is a bit of a bother, but that seems to be improving.

Hooray! I can't believe I'm doing so well without drugs! I'm so grateful for this forum. Good luck to any fellow sisters who are thinking of trying the Inositol...it's certainly worth a shot!!!
post #45 of 650
I wanted to add that I've read that inositol actually being very beneficial to breastfeeding and helping to increase milk supply (oatmeal is supposed to have inositol in it which is why it's one of the foods recommended to eat on a daily basis while nursing). I've been also feeling very overwhelmed with my 3 kids, considering going on meds to help even out my feelings, but I think before I do that route I ought to give the inositol/b-vitamin route first. It would help greatly with both issues I have (the milk supply issue and the feeling overwhelmed issue).

On a side note (since a pp brought it up). niacin in large doses is supposedly effective in lowering cholesterol, but also in large doses, it has a weird effect of making one have a huge hot flash that lasts about 10 minutes or so. It is recommended as a therapy for high cholesterol in a book we have called the "8 week cholesterol cure" or something. I thought remember reading that it was considered "safe", but having that weird side effect at first until the body gets used to the higher dosage.

I've got to look into the inositol though. Could be a double bonus for me.

Thanks for reviving this post.
post #46 of 650
Quote:
Originally Posted by girlndocs
Hi Carla,

I am still taking 12mg inositol per day. Through trial and error I've discovered that for me it's the central element of my depression treatment -- I've cut out many of the other supplements with no problems but if I skip the inositol for 2 or 3 days, my husband can tell.
Kristen, what other supplements have you cut out? Just curious. I'm trying to get a HFS shopping list in place for Friday and I have a very small budget. You know, if maybe I could do w/out something, I'd try. I'm just starting to try all this out.
post #47 of 650
As I stated in an earlier post, I am taking the inositol and doing pretty well...even when my world has totally caved in this last week.

But I find myself very rageful and short tempered. I feel that I am failing as a parent because I am so short tempered with my son.

Anyone know of anything natural which will work on the rage, complement the inositol, and not leave me feeling dopey and sleepy?

Thanks!
post #48 of 650
I hope you find something that helps. The inositol has done wonders for my rage as well as my anxiety and depression. B-vitamins are often recommended for stress and at one time I was on a very high dose of those, and I think it helped at the time.

Good luck!
post #49 of 650
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Originally Posted by Delaney'sMommy
Kristen, what other supplements have you cut out?
Originally I was on coconut oil, flax oil, fish oil, a B-complex, a multivite, magnesium, L-tyrosine and the inositol. I have cut back to the insositol, multivite, and L-tyrosine (throid issues) daily and magnesium & fish oil when I feel really stressed.
post #50 of 650
I am SO grateful to have found this message! I have ppd and was in a very, very dark place last week. I found this a couple of days before my near crisis and told dh about it, so last weekend, he dragged me out and we bought some inositol. I am already feeling much, much better and am amazed at how quickly it worked. I'm only taking 3000 mgs and am combining it with a stress blend of B-vits; I'm not happy, but I am not suicidal anymore.

Thanks for bumping this!
post #51 of 650
I've had great results with prescribed homeopathic remedies.
Good luck.
post #52 of 650

There's inositol in my prenatal vitamin! :)

Well, after reading all this great info about inositol, I really want to try it. But then I realized there's 20 mg inositol in the new prenatal vitamins (Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal) I'm taking. Yeah!

Since I'm still breastfeeding dd and hoping to TTC soon, I've always taken a prenatal but up until a month ago I was taking what the doc prescribed (hey it was free) plus a calcium supplement.

With this one, I take 6 tablets over the course of the day. I like that it's spaced out. There's also more calcium (1000 mg, I think), red raspberry leaf (good for uterine health) and lactobicillius, etc.

I've only been taking them about a month, but yeah, I have noticed some improvement so I'll keep going. It is pricey, so be aware of that. A bottle of 180 tablets is about $30. (6 per day = 30 days' worth for 1 bottle)

I did take Paxil during the worst of the my PPD, stayed on it for a year and then weaned off it with my doc's approval. So I won't discount the help I got from that. But I think I've always suffered from low-grade depression, so I'm glad for any help I can get from the inositol.
post #53 of 650

Forgot to mention...

I am also trying to get more omega fatty acids through flax seed or hemp seed oil, but I'm not always consistent with that. I find I also need more protein for energy.

So far, so good!


Good luck, mamas!
post #54 of 650
I missed this thread the first time around and I am so glad I saw it today. I just went and ordered inositol from an online site and I cannot wait to try this. The past month or so things have gotten so bad for me that I was finally taking the idea of going on anti-depressents seriously. I will try this first.

My question is about the 5-htp. I found 5-htp in a mix with b-6 that was for pms. Will this be fine, or do I need the L-Tyrosine?

thanks
bianca
post #55 of 650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snowpea
As I stated in an earlier post, I am taking the inositol and doing pretty well...even when my world has totally caved in this last week.

But I find myself very rageful and short tempered. I feel that I am failing as a parent because I am so short tempered with my son.

Anyone know of anything natural which will work on the rage, complement the inositol, and not leave me feeling dopey and sleepy?

Thanks!


Have you tried Sepia? I think I read that women who feel resentful towards their kids/husbands take it.
post #56 of 650
What is Sepia, is that an herb? I saw it once as a flower essence, is this what you are refering to?
post #57 of 650

Can someone help me figure this out?

I am confused. : about the 12 grams dosage of Inositol stated in the study that some of you are taking.

I really would like to try Inositol rather than a prescription so I bought some this evening after reading this thread and the links.

The only Inositol I was able to obtain at the HFS was an 8 oz bottle of Fine Crystalline Pure Inositol Powder for $25.95 that reads the following:

Container size: Net wt 8 oz (228 g)
Serving size: 550 mg (approx 1/4 level teaspoon)
Amount per serving: Inositol 550 mg

So exactly how many teasoons/tablespoons will it take 'til I get up to 12 grams worth?

I'm terrible at math , but isn't it 1000 mg = 1 g? And considering the bottle's serving size, wouldn't it take about 21+ servings to get up to 12 grams?

This sounds like a huge overdose to me. Perhaps something isn't adding up?

Please advise. Thanks.
post #58 of 650
5-HTP is 5-Hydroxy tryptophan. It's an amino acid and a precursor to melatonin (body makes this at night, helps you to sleep, makes up serotonin), which is a precursor to serotonin (happy brain chemical, wards off depression and anxiety).

I've only ever used it for my dogs and client's dogs, but I noticed that it worked great! Thought about trying it for myself, but fish oil and b-vitamins seems to do the trick for me. If that doesn't work, I'm glad to hear that it's safe during pregnancy/breastfeeding.

Thanks for the info!

mrsfru
post #59 of 650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krisa
I am confused. : about the 12 grams dosage of Inositol stated in the study that some of you are taking.

I really would like to try Inositol rather than a prescription so I bought some this evening after reading this thread and the links.

The only Inositol I was able to obtain at the HFS was an 8 oz bottle of Fine Crystalline Pure Inositol Powder for $25.95 that reads the following:

Container size: Net wt 8 oz (228 g)
Serving size: 550 mg (approx 1/4 level teaspoon)
Amount per serving: Inositol 550 mg

So exactly how many teasoons/tablespoons will it take 'til I get up to 12 grams worth?

I'm terrible at math , but isn't it 1000 mg = 1 g? And considering the bottle's serving size, wouldn't it take about 21+ servings to get up to 12 grams?

This sounds like a huge overdose to me. Perhaps something isn't adding up?

Please advise. Thanks.
Hi Krisa,

It is a huge dose of inositol, yes. The brand I buy also lists a serving as 1/4 tsp, and its potency is such that I get 12g in a tablespoon, so I take a tablespoon per day.

I researched inositol toxicity and found that there is a risk of diarrhea, but apparently that's it. You can google "inositol overdose" or "inositol toxicity" to find info yourself.

I think the OP of this thread said she was taking 4 tablespoons daily, which is wa more than 12g. But 12g appears to be the minimum for clinically tested results.

I wish I could get my inositol in 8oz bottles. I order it from Puritan's Pride in 2oz bottles, 6 at a time, and it always seems like such a waste of packaging.
post #60 of 650
Kristin, the additional info helps
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