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Myo Inositol



Myo Inositol is used in nutritional deficiencies

How it works

Inositol works by relaxing the blood vessels and improving blood flow to the legs, toes and fingers, thereby relieving pain.

Common side effects

Nausea, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Postural hypotension (low blood pressure), Rash, Dizziness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Generalised swelling, Headache, Vertigo, Vomiting

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Do not use inositol if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to inositol or any other ingredients in formulation
  • Avoid using inositol if you recently had a heart attack or stroke, or chest pain or have been told that you have reduced blood supply to the brain
  • Do not use inositol if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding

Frequently asked questions

Myo Inositol

Q. Is inositol a vitamin/ a sugar/ a sugar alcohol?
Inositol is a cyclic sugar alcohol used to treat intermittent claudication (pain in the legs whilst walking) and Raynaud's phenomenon (pain in limbs when exposed to cold or less blood supply)
Q. Is inositol water soluble?
It is soluble in water
Q. Can I take inositol with metformin/Prozac/ Paxil/ Clomid/ Celexa (citalopram)/ Seroquel/ Xanax/ Cymbalta?
Inositol doesn't seem to produce any major interaction with the above mentioned drugs. Consult your doctor if you are taking any medications along with inositol
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Q. Does inositol help with weight loss/ anxiety/ polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Inositol can help in weight loss and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) but there is no concrete evidence of its efficacy in anxiety
Q. Does inositol make you sleepy?
Inositol doesn't seem to have sleep inducing potential
Q. Is inositol a stimulant/ source of energy/ lower testosterone/ lower cholesterol?
Inositol is not a stimulant per se but it can be a source of energy because it is sugar alcohol. There is no concrete evidence about its ability to lower cholesterol or testosterone
Q. Is inositol safe to take?
Inositol is naturally occurring carbohydrate in body so chances of it causing adverse effects are minimal but still it is advisable to consult doctor regarding dose and duration of taking inositol.

Content on this page was last updated on 16 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)