What is Inositol?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Niacin (non-flush) Inositol hexaphosphate IP-6 Inositol Crystals Show all

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See also: Inositol hexaphosphate IP-6

Inositol is a fatty lipid that is needed by the body for cell membrane formation. It is sometimes referred to as Vitamin B 8. It is most prevalent in the heart and brain. It affects nerve transmission and helps the body to transport fats.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 5 2
Mood 4 1
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 4 1
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 3 0
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2 2
High triglycerides 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Inositol

Side effect Patients
Emotional numbness or flatness 1
Sore throat 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Inositol

Dosage Patients
500 mg daily 4
1 tablet(s) daily 1
12 mg daily 1
200 mg daily 1
500 mg m,w,f 1
250 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
324 mg twice daily 1
1,000 mg three times daily 1
324mg as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Inositol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 2
Other 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Inositol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Inositol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 3
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3 patient evaluations for Inositol

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Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
53 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

See Jerry123's full Inositol history

Apr 12, 2012 (Started Mar 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Emotional numbness or flatness)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Try it
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 1, 2012 (Started Mar 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
GameTime
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GameTime
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
30 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See GameTime's full Inositol history

Feb 28, 2010 (Started Feb 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Save your money - this is one of those things that probably only works when you've got a deficiency.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
53 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

See Jerry123's full Inositol history

Dec 17, 2009 (Started Nov 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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