Phenibut, also called Fenibut or Phenybut, is a type of drug that has nootropic characteristics, which means it helps the brain to stay awake and to recall with minimal side effects. It also has tranquillising effects. It is made from GABA, which is a neurotransmitter. Phenibut also has anti-anxiety properties, which make it useful in many applications. This drug was originally created in Russia in the 1960s. (Reference 3)
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Phenibut reacts in the brain in a similar way to xanax, which is a relaxant. This makes it useful for people with a high level or anxiety. It is also used to reduce stress and depression. However, while it reduces stress it does not make a person drowsy. This drug was used by Russian cosmonauts because while they needed to reduce stress, they could not be drowsy or otherwise have their performance adversely affected.
Insomnia has been treated with Phenibut in Russia and in the United States. People can develop a tolerance to the drug within five days. So it is advisable to use it sparingly.
Because of its anti-anxiety and relaxing effects, Phenibut has been used as a treatment for stuttering. Many times, stuttering is a result of stress or trauma.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Russian medical community has used phenibut as a treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Phenibut stimulates the dopamine receptors in the brain, and this can help treat post traumatic stress disorder in some people.
Phenibut helps to protect brain cells from oedema (tissue swelling) by increasing the brain's resistance. The mitochondria in brain cells is destroyed by oedema, and this causes the brain to become tired. Phenibut can help stop this as well. (Reference 4)
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