Self-medicating can be dangerous. Phenibut has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. It has not been studied in people so its effects are not well known.
A major concern is its abuse potential. Tolerance can build quickly. The obvious danger is that you are taking a drug that has not been extensively studied. Its safety is questionable.
The FDA has “serious concerns” about drugs without required FDA approval. The FDA requires a rigorous, evidence-based system of drug approval in which both safety and effectiveness must be demonstrated. It is the standard by which drugs are deemed safe in the United States.
I would advise against taking unapproved drugs, especially when there exists the potential for abuse. You don’t know the effects of the substances that you’re putting into your body. It’s an experiment, one that has the potential to damage your mind and body.
Dietary supplements should only be taken under the supervision of your healthcare provider. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle