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Re: Tianeptine

Posted by undopaminergic on May 26, 2008, at 19:29:20

In reply to Re: Tianeptine, posted by garylee on May 26, 2008, at 17:48:32

> I remember (and this was over 4 years ago now though) I tried Donepezil (Aricept, an Alzheimers med, I've tried and will try anything!) straight after with interesting results. It especially helped with my sleep regulation and cognition, whch obviously has a rebound effect with the depression.
> Anyone else had any experience with Aricept?

No, but I've been trying another cholinesterase inhibitor: huperzine A, an alkaloid of the firmoss (club moss?) Huperzia serrata - native to China, I beleive. Some sources suggest that it's neuroprotective, but I haven't investigated it in much depth. I've found that it does improve memory to some extent, but I'm not certain yet whether its benefits are sufficient to be of practical significance.

There is another alkaloid with cholinesterase inhibiting properties - galanthamine - which occurs in several species of plants, including Narcissus. It has some potency as a nicotinic agonist as well.

Galanthamine is avalable as Reminyl on the mainstream pharmaceutical market, but also as a dietary supplement from several manufacturers.

Huperzine A, as far as I know, is only available as a dietary supplement. The product I'm using was made by Unique Nutrition (also known as Cognitive Nutrition).




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