Somatomax is a controversial supplement that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately. It’s made by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, which has a checkered past of its own which involved several legal battles with the FDA and FTC over using banned and prescription only substances in their products.
Somatomax is something of a hybrid supplement.
It’s an HGH releaser which means that it encourages your body’s production of of HGH, or Human Growth Hormone. HGH is present in high amounts when we’re young, but its production decreases with age. If we can get our bodies to produce more, we’ll burn more fat, feel better, sleep better, and have more energy. So the question is, can Somatomax do this for us.
How Somatomax Works
If you look at Somatomax reviews, you’ll see that it’s used as a sleep aid more than anything else. Most people don’t dispute that it makes them sleep longer and more deeply than without it. Yet there is disagreement about how it makes them feel when they wake up. Some guys say they feel refreshed and ready to go.
Others wake up feeling groggy.
Part of the controversy stems from the formula. The primary ingredient is Phenibut, which is an amino acid that resembles GABA, an extremely important neurotransmitter for relieving anxiety. The advantage over GABA (which is also in the Somatomaxformula) is that it can cross the blood brain barrier whereas GABA cannot.
It does this by adding a phenyl ring around the gaba, allowing it to cross the blood brain barrier. I’ve taken many supplements containing phenibut in the past, and can attest to it’s potency and results.
However, there are many dangers to taking Phenibut for a prolonged period of time. Because your body tends to develope a tolerance to it quite rapidly, you need more and more of the stuff to get the same intended results.
After prolonged usage, when you decided to stop taking Somatomax, the body starts to incur a withdrawal period, which can be quite unpleasant. Some of the most notable withdrawal effects when coming off Phenibut include increased anxiety, irritability, panic attacks, mood swings, and insomnia.
You can avoid this by taking this sparingly, about once or twice a week with at least a 3 day break in between.
Additionally, there are a number of amino acids, including L-Arginine, L-Tyrosine, and L-Phenylalanine that cause Somatomax to increase the amount of HGH released by 1600%. Again, this is what makes Somatomax a supplement for improving athletic (and sexual) performance.
How do I take it?
The instructions for taking Somatomax are to mix one heaping scoop with a beverage and drink it before going to bed. There are 20 doses in a tub. There is no clear discussion by the manufacturer about how often you’re supposed to use it. Most of the recommendations we’ve seen from retailers and other users are to use it only occasionally so as not to create a tolerance or the potential for withdrawal symptoms.
One thing that I wanted to note was that products that contain Phenibut, like Somatomax, takes a VERY long time to reach its peak. So, for example, if you plan on going to bed at around 11 pm, you should consider dosing around 6 pm that night.
It can literally take as long as 1 – 2 hours before you feel the initial effects, and upwards of 5 hours before it reaches its peak. Everyone responds to Phenibut differently, so the only way you’ll know for sure is by experimenting yourself.
I would also caution against driving while taking Somatomax, as it does have the ability to make you sleepy / drowsy. Alcohol intensifies this effect, so I would recommend you abstain from alcoholic beverages while using it.
Somatomax Pros and Cons
Advantages of Somatomax
- It works. Almost all Somatomax reviews we’ve seen (and there are a lot) state that it helps you get a good night’s sleep.
Disadvantages of Somatomax
- There are several stories about how stopping Somatomax causes serious withdrawal symptoms.
- If you use Somatomax too often, you’ll build a tolerance very quickly.
- Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals has a sketchy reputation.
- The benefits and drawbacks of Phenibut have not been sufficiently studied to know whether or not it is safe.
Where to Buy
You can purchase Somatomaxthrough several online supplement retailers. A tub containing 20 servings sells for anywhere from $30 to $40. You used to be able to buy it in retail stores like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, but they have since discontinued selling it.
There are definitely some benefits you can get from taking Somatomax. It can improve your sleep and your mood, but there isn’t really a whole lot of evidence that it can improve your physical performance. In fact, there are lots of people who use it recreationally. Given all the criticisms about it making you nauseous and it being difficult to come off of, we’d just recommend that you skip Somatomax.
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Don't touch the stuff
I sincerely want to write this in hopes that this will stop many from the dangers of this. I heard of Somatomax from a friend while on a job.
22 out of 27 people found this review helpful.
Rob Miller: Yeah Phenibut (the active ingredient in Somatomax) withdrawal can be a bitch...I know you said you don't plan on taking it anymore, but as a warning to anyone else taking this and deciding to come off of it I have one FIRM suggestion....
TAPER OFF OF IT...Take a little bit less each day and spread it out over a period of time.
It will help your bodies withdrawal response to lessen and you'll be WAY more comfortable.
It works! I have suffered from chronic insomnia for more than 25 years and tried everything from prescription to natural and nothing really worked.
13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
I sleep like a baby after taking iy, but I got it for the increased HGH benefits to help heal an old ligiment injury in my neck. My neck feels somewhat better after about a month, so I am pleased with that as well.
10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
Used to take it 1-2 times a week to help me fall asleep and recover from a good workout while in the navy. Sleeping on an aircraft carrier was rough and this eased it up.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Horrible Side Effects
The side effects for me when coming off of Somatomax have been horrible.
I had previously (the worst of it was decades ago) suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and had gotten past that through talk therapy (no drugs.) Absolutely agree with the comments about dosage.
First time I took a full scoop. Within 30 minutes my face and arms felt like they had ants crawling on them.
So I’ve started trying to taper off of it. Still having significant mood swings, overwhelming guilt feelings and anxiety and then they’ll just go away.
I’m very happy for those for whom this product works, but I have a lot of sympathy for the folks with the withdrawal symptoms.
10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
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