Galantamine and Autism
Galantamine is a drug usually used to treat Alzheimer's disease and is sold under various brand names including Razadyne and Reminyl.
It is in a class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors which work by increasing the amount of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) in the brain.
This helps to improve mental function (such as memory, attention, social interaction, reasoning and language abilities, and ability to perform activities of daily living).
Some people believe that galantamine can also be used to treat some of the problems facing people with autism including social/communication skills and challenging behaviours such as anger and irritability.
Galantamine efficacy and tolerability as an augmentative therapy in autistic children: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Journal of Psychopharmacology.
Hertzmann M. (2003)
Galantamine in the treatment of adult autism: a report of three clinical cases.
International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine.
Nicolson R., Craven-Thuss B., Smith J. (2006)
A prospective, open-label trial of galantamine in autistic disorder.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.
Niederhofer H., Staffen W., Mair A. (2002)
Galantamine may be effective in treating autistic disorder.
British Medical Journal.
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