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Phenibut

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Phenibut

A central nervous system depressant with anxiolytic properties. A GABA-b receptor agonist similar to Baclofen and GHB. With higher doses is a GABA-agonist, much like benzos. Developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960’s and currently the only area of the world that uses it for medical purposes. Not approved for medical use in the US. Used for insomnia, anxiety, and as a nootropic for focus and concentration.

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Other names

Fenibut, Anvifen, Noofen

How do people get it?

GNC, and health or nutritional supplement store, online.

How is it dangerous?

Very – intoxication has been known to cause decreased level of conscious, stupor, decreased muscle tone, decreased respiratory drive temperature dysregulation and high or low blood pressure; also can cause severe agitation, hallucinations, seizures and delirium, to the point of requiring so much sedation that the person gets intubated and put on mechanical ventilation. Withdrawal is very dangerous, commonly ending up in the ICU on mechanical ventilation due to severe agitation, seizures, unstable heart rate and blood pressure.

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