Galantamine (also known as Nivalin and Reminyl) is a drug used in the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairments.
It is an alkaloid isolated from snowdrop plant (Galanthus). By its method of action, Galantamine is acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which means it prevents acetylcholine neurotransmitter from breaking down. It also acts as a positive allosteric modulator of nicotine receptors.
Besides the treatment of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, studies suggest that Galantamine may prevent nicotine craving and smoking relapse in smokers.
Galantamine is often used recreationally to induce lucid dreaming and promote dream recall.
Recommended dosage is 4mg twice daily for the first four weeks of treatment. After the 4th week of treatment, the dosage is 8mg twice daily.
Possible side effects include:
- Loss of appetite and weight loss.
You can read the full list of side effects here