How To Avoid Phenibut Withdrawal Side Effects

How To Avoid Phenibut Withdrawal Side Effects

You’ve probably notice that too much Phenibut can be addictive and cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The truth is you can avoid that and have a pleasant experience.

That’s why today you’ll learn how to have a peaceful Phenibut trip—by knowing how to avoid or deal with the symptoms if they occur.

How to Avoid Phenibut Withdrawal

Phenibut is quick to build up tolerance and addiction if misused. Avoid that by:

  • Taking Phenibut 2-3 times per week with a nutrient-packed meal
  • Rest Biweekly
  • Avoid more than 1500mg
  • Never go on a Phenibut spree
  • Never mix alcohol with Phenibut or other GABA antagonist
  • Take it on Sundays to start your week well rested

Phenibut works better on an empty stomach because it doesn’t have to compete with the absorption rate of other nutrients.

However, this can also leave you with Phenibut hangover so avoid more than 500mg for the sake of safety.

Under 500mg is safe and enough to release anxiety and improve sleep quality.

Always take a pause for a whole week to give your brain time to adapt and recover.

Fact: It’s more likely to experience withdrawal symptoms if you’ve used Phenibut for a while then suddenly stop. Tapering instead will keep you safe from adverse side effects.

But there’s more you need to know.

The longer you’ve used Phenibut, the more severe symptoms. Because this adjust your brain to more GABA, and when more is available it responds by producing extra receptors. Long-term use modifies the brain to more GABA. When more is available, the brain responds by producing extra receptors that demand higher dose to be satisfied.

Avoid mixing alcohol with Phenibut at any cost. That’s the most important tips you should follow. If you take other medications, it’s probably best to ask your doctor.

For example, Phenibut can modulate the function of certain epilepsy drugs.

Phenibut Withdrawal Duration

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How long does the withdrawal symptoms last?

It all boils down to how much you take.

Recovering from severe Phenibut doses can take up to 1-24 weeks. Or even a year. This is of course if you stop without tapering down.

There’re other factors that contribute to the timeline. Someone who decides to eat junk food and ignore a nutrient packed diet will add days. The use of other medications, supplements, lifestyle, and sleep quality also counts.

Phenibut Withdrawal Symptoms

Depending on your unique brain chemistry and lifestyle, the symptoms will be different. But here are the common ones:

  • Anxiety
  • Change in heart rhythm
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Negative thinking
  • Drowsiness

Your anxiety levels can be mild or severe depending on the dose.

It’s not uncommon to feel nauseous either. Vomiting is a sign you tapered down fast or if at all. (See tips for tapering below)

Another side effect people have experienced is primal fear. You become more sensitive to stimuli and your subconscious mind’s threat mechanism are heightened. This is normal human defense mechanism behavior, but it can feel awkward. Meditation can help you cope with this.

Other side effects include:

  • Irritation
  • Shakiness (sign of a quick tapering rate)
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor focus and concentration

The symptoms are like benzodiazepines withdrawal. Tremors and shakiness can occur with severe dosage, and this can be dangerous. Also a sign you taper down fast.

How to Deal with Phenibut Withdrawal Symptoms

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Tapering is probably your best bet if you’ve already developed a habit and want to quit. But don’t want to deal with the symptoms.

It’s less likely to experience severe symptom by tapering since you give your brain a chance to adjust to less Phenibut, unlike cold turkey.

It’s also a good strategy to avoid severe symptoms.

A good starting point many people use and which seems to work is by taking less (10%) each month. If you’re used to 1g Phenibut – drop to 900mg the next month and repeat. The trick is to drop mg by mg and see how your body respond. If you don’t notice side effects, you can try to cut down more milligrams.

The first-month dose should be gentle regardless if you’re just starting out or try to quit.

Phenibut Withdrawal Remedies

Recover from Phenibut withdrawal or addiction by taper is a healthy advice. Some people also take other supplements for aid along the way.

Baclofen is such aid and has similar pharmacological properties. The dose is 10mg of each gram of Phenibut.

Baclofen activates and binds to GABA-B receptors “tricking” the body it’s still on Phenibut.

Magnesium is useful for treating insomnia and release stress. It works by binding to GABA receptors and blocks stress hormones from entering the brain.

Too much stress hormones in your system backfire as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and brain fog – all these are symptoms of Phenibut withdrawal.

Melatonin if you’ve insomnia and disrupted the sleep cycle.

Kava is efficient and a safe remedy to combat anxiety.

Himalayan salt to help your adrenal glands recover from stress. Add it to your diet.

Meditation is probably the best solution that releases stress, anxiety, fears, and simultaneously improve your brain function. If you make a meditation habit and pursue it, you’ll recover better. Are you’re new to meditation and want a “shortcut,” try Zen12 audio brainwaves.


Phenibut is considered to be safe if you approach it with the right mindset. Avoid withdrawal and other side effects by taking no more than two times per week. If you already established a habit and trying to quit but don’t want to experience withdrawal, tapering and meditation is the best alternative.

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