What is Vinpocetine?
Vinpocetine is produced from vincamine, an alkaloid derived from the lesser periwinkle plant Vinca minor.
It was first synthesized in Europe in the late 1960s and marketed as a drug known as Cavinton. Currently, it is approved for use in 47 countries for treating celebral vascular disorders. In the United States, Vinpocetine is sold as a dietary supplement.
How Does Vinpocetine Work?
1. Vinpocetine enhances blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
2. Vinpocetine has neuroprotective effects. Inadequate blood supply to the brain can cause cellular damage. Vinpocetine can protect nerve cells from injury and oxidative stress that follows when blood flow returns. As a sodium channel blocker, it prevents sodium from accumulating in injured brain cells. This may protect the ability of brain cells to restructure themselves following an injury and restore cognitive function quickly.
3. Vinpocetine inhibits an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 1 (PDE1) and reduces calcium levels to enable blood vessels to relax and increases blood flow through them.
4. Vinpocetine lowers blood viscosity (or stickiness), so it can flow more easily through narrowed vessels.
5. Vipocentine has anti-epileptic effects.
Vinpocetine has been successfully used for treating cerebrovascular diseases. The latter are disorders caused by problems with blood vessels inside the brain.
Effective Therapeutic Uses of Vinpocetine
- treat chronic cerebral vascular ischemia.
- treat hearing disorders
- treat degenerative senile cerebral dysfunction
Potential Uses of Vinpocetine
- prevent/treat acute ischemic stroke
- prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
- treat urinary incontinence
Most clinical studies have used Vinpocetine 10 mg, 3 times a day.
Vinpocetine Side Effects
Reported side effects: flushing, rashes or minor gastrointestinal problems. However, these side effects are rare and do not usually result in discontinuation of the medication.
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