Galantamine Dose Guidelines for Memory, Lucid Dreams & Focus
How much Galantamine does it take to get the best results? Galantamine can be found under a number of brand names, including Nivalin, Reminyl ER, Razadyne, and Lycoremine. It has been used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions that are characterized by memory loss, especially those arising from vascular issues. It is an alkaloid compound that is found in the bulbs and flowers of several plants, primarily Galanthus Caucasicus, or Caucasian snowdrop, and other related varieties of flowers.
Galantamine was first discovered and studied in the Soviet Union in the 1950s when researchers discovered that it significantly impacted key neurotransmitters. It quickly gained popularity in Russia and Eastern Europe as a treatment for conditions such as myasthenia, myopathy, and sensorimotor conditions arising from the central nervous system. It wasn’t long before it became known as a nootropic that could improve attention span and learning capacity. It has been approved by the US FDA as a treatment for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Galantamine Effects & Benefits
In the US, Galantamine is primarily used as a clinical adjunct treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but Galantamine can reduce severity of symptoms, slow progression of the disease, and improve cognitive function in those with the disease.
However, its use isn’t limited to patients suffering from age related cognitive decline. Even healthy people are using Galantamine as a nootropic. Galantamine can help improve the formation, storage, and recall of memories, boost learning capacity, increase attention span, and improve mood. Galantamine can be used alone or its effects can be enhanced by combining it with Choline.
Galantamine Dosages for Lucid Dreaming
Galantamine has the added benefit of influencing sleep patterns, for the better for many users. Taking your Galantamine in the afternoon can help you fall asleep faster and improve your sleep quality, though you should beware of taking it just before bed, as it can stimulate quite vivid dreams and nightmares. In fact some users take it for the increased dream activity, which can increase memory retention, and to stimulate lucid dreams. Lucid dreams are those in which the individual is aware they are dreaming and are able to control aspects of the dream. In some cases, users even report out of body experiences. Galantamine can also enhance positive visualization practices.
Galantamine Mechanism of Action
Galantamine works primarily by inhibiting the function of Acetylcholinesterase in the brain. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme responsible for sweeping up and breaking down used Acetylcholine molecules so they can be recycled. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter responsible for carrying messages across the synaptic spaces from one neuron to the next. By interfering with the breakdown of Acetylcholine, there is more of the neurotransmitter available.
Acetylcholine is vital to a number of cognitive processes, including formation, storage, and recall of memory, ability to maintain focus, and the ability to learn, so increasing the amount of Acetylcholine in the brain can improve all of these functions, and more. For this reason, Galantamine is similar to other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors such as Huperzine A.
Galantamine Dosage Schedule
As nootropics go, Galantamine is one of the more potent, so it only takes a small amount to produce the desired effects. Most Galantamine Hydrobromide products are sold in tablets or capsules of either 4mg or 8mg, though the lower dose is usually sufficient for most nootropic purposes. One or two of them may be taken 2-3 times per day. When using Galantamine to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the most effective dose has been found to be from 16 to 32 mg per day. If you are using Galantamine for the first time, start with one 4mg dose per day to determine how it affects you. After a few days, you can gradually increase the dose until you find the right dose for you.
When used for the purpose of stimulating lucid dreams, most users take 4-8 mg after sleeping for a few hours then go back to sleep. After a few hours of sleep, both Acetylcholine and dreaming activity should be at their highest, so this is the time you will most likely experience lucid dreams.
Safety of Galantamine Pills
For most healthy adults, Galantamine is safe and well-tolerated with few side effects when used at the recommended dose. However, in rare occasions, it is possible to experience serious allergic reactions, so use caution when you first start using Galantamine, especially if you are allergic to any of the flowers from with the supplement is derived. If you experience hives, rash, or swelling, seek immediate medical attention.
Aside from allergic reactions, side effects can occur. These include nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, dizziness, and headaches. These are not common and generally mild when they do occur. Avoid using Galantamine with Huperzine A or other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. It can be safely stacked with cholinergic supplements including Alpha GPC and Citicoline to increase the potency.