Reminyl® is a brand name for galantamine, which is a phytonutrient extracted from the common snowdrop plant.
It’s been shown to act as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and block the age-related breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). This has important implications for those concerned with Alzheimer’s since galantamine can improve ACh levels and it is the principal neurotransmitter ‘lost’ in the disease. Accordingly, this has become the principle use and focus for galantamine around the world.
In addition, galantamine also supports proper nicotinic receptor activity, an effect known to influence memory function. It may be this action that has led to it being utilised for other generalised states of vascular dementia.
Other off-label uses for galantamine have been detailed for the alleviation of depression. There is also anecdotal evidence that points to galantamine having a potential role in weight loss, due to its appetite suppressant effects.