Galantamine is a medicine which is an alkaloid from the plant Caucasian Snowdrop and other plants which has actually been sold as a supplement in many countries including the United States. However, in a medical setting Galantamine is used in patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease although in Austria it is also approved for use in patients suffering from muscular dystrophy. Classed as a tertiary amine, Galantamine is a potentiating ligand of nicotinic acetlycholine receptors, a factor that has made it popular among those seeking to enhance their cognitive abilities but who do not suffer from any medical condition.
Off-Label Use - Galantamine has gained popularity as a nootropic or smart drug, a class of compounds which have been used by individuals seeking to enhance cognitive functions such as memory and to boost their productivity levels at work.
By improving memory retention through its ability to increase acetylcholine levels in the brain, Galantamine can help treat some of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease which includes a progressive loss of memory.
By virtue of it being a medicine designed for those who suffer age-related diseases, Galantamine is not recommended for children or adolescents. It is suitable for both men and women suffering from Alzeimer's and other diseases for which it is licensed for.
Galantamine should be taken exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. In most cases a small starting dose is used with one 4mg dose taken twice daily being most common and a maximum recommended dose being 12mg a day. Galantamine is ideally taken with food. Always refer to product literature.