I have been interested in trying l-theanine for symptons of GAD (General Anxiety Disorder).
I have been on Remeron (Mirtazapine) for maybe 2 months now with no real benefit. I have never suffered from depression but have developed some pretty bad anxiety over the last 5 or so months. It began with an injury and discovery of a potential major health threat which luckily turned out to be benign. Since this "trigger" it seems I have suffered from all the signs of GAD. It's a stressful time in my life anyway (LSAT, attempting law school, application process, finishing up undergrad, grades, health, money etc.) I tried Cymbalata and it was almost over-stimulating. I had an almost manic reaction and felt very uneasy. It almost magnified my anxiety. Since all these drugs effect people differently you often have to find a "match" to your specific deficiency. I'm thinking of trying l-theanine to see how I respond to an increase in GABA and dopamine. Im hoping maybe this is the missing link in my situation. It could be that I'ts just in my nature and no magic "pill" will help until I'm just in a less stressful time.
Remeron does not broadly block the reuptake of norepinephrine or serotonin like other SSRIs. Instead, Remeron stimulates the release of norepinephrine and serotonin, while blocking certain receptors that have been linked with SSRI sides. Im hoping that maybe l-theanine could attack from a different angle with the GABA and dopamine in focus.
My main concern is the interaction of Remeron with l-theanine. I know that certain Aminos taken with these types of drugs can cause "serotonin sickness" or in essence a "double dosage". From my breif research l-theanine should only possibly increase GABA and dopamine. I dont see any problem with this and norepinephrine and serotonin.I havenít been able to find any warnings or interaction reports on these two substances. Does anyone think this would be a problem? Any ideas?
In a side note: Remeron promotes sleep (when taken at night) and possibly improves sleep quality. It also lowers cortisol quite well. It seems to be the ultimate antidepressant for those into resistance training/bodybuilding. The only downfall I see is cravings for starchy/sugary foods.