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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 62 (2020) 2, 157 - 160

Klinische Praktijk

Phenibut: harmless dietary supplement or dangerous drug?

J. Evenepoel, K. Titeca

In clinical practice, more and more alarming signals are picked up concerning addiction and withdrawal after the use of Phenibut. Phenibut is a psychotropic agent that acts on gaba receptors. Phenibut is freely available online as a dietary supplement, but appears to have potent and potentially harmful psychotropic effects. We describe the case of a 19-year-old man with social anxiety who self-medicated by using Phenibut, which he subsequently got addicted to. We outline the dangers linked to the use of Phenibut and offer suggestions for treatment.

keywords phenibut, addiction, internet, pregabaline, baclofen