Vinpocetine, Ethyl Apovincaminate
Vinpocetine is an alkaloid extracted from the Periwinkle plant, Vinca minor.
Vinpocetine is more technically referred to as "ethyl apovincaminate."
Mechanism of action
cerebral metabolic enhancer and a selective cerebral vasodilator
enhances oxygen and glucose uptake from blood by brain neurons
increases neuronal ATP bio-energy production
avoid high doses in pregnant women
Stomach/ GI upset; dry mouth, rapid heart beat, low blood pressure, and rash/ hives are the main (rarely occurring) reported side effects.
5 mg 3x/day. Those with neurological impairment should take 10 mg three times a day for 30 days, then reduce the dose to 5 mg three times a day
Research has typically used 30 to 60 mg per day of vinpocetine. Taking vinpocetine with food appears to dramatically improve its absorption.
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