Galantamine keeps me awake

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Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby berggg » 27 Feb 2015 17:32

I've tried galantamine (with choline) around 6-7 times now. 4-6 mg. I take it after WBTB (4-5 hours). But it just keeps me awake. I really have a hard time falling asleep, and when I do a awaken several times. I've had a few lucid dreams after taking it, but my sleep is very light and I wake up very soon. Sometimes it feels as I've fallen asleep and woken up a hundred times.

I've tried combining it with 200-400 mg L-theanine to counteract the "awake effect" af galantamine, but it does not help. Maybe galantamine is not for me.

Any suggestions. Maybe I should try huperzine A. Anyone who has tried it?

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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby Peter » 27 Feb 2015 21:15

what dose are you taking ?
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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby berggg » 27 Feb 2015 23:04

4-6 mg

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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby Peter » 28 Feb 2015 03:42

ok thats an average dose. i find it takes around 40-50 minutes to work and so i try to stay awake about that length of time and that has become normal. Staying awake can be the hard part now.

Do you wind yourself up while waiting for it to work, overthink the situation?, I do nothing now just wait until I get some feeling in a part of my body. Normally just a tingle or shiver and then I roll onto my side and within a couple of minutes I am OBE and walking across the room in a fully formed up dream
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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby berggg » 28 Feb 2015 08:26

No, I don't feel that I'm overthinking the situation (maybe the first time). I just relax, and after a while I feel some sensations in my body and head. And over the course of 3-4 hours (after taking it) I feel that I've been much more awake than sleeping. I sleep around 4 hours before taking it, and I normally need to sleep a lot more.

Last time I got lucid I woke up immediately (after half a second). I did not even have time to get excited before I woke up. I think it happened because I slept too lightly.

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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby Peter » 28 Feb 2015 09:08

Ok, there is the slimmest change that you are in some way lucid and lying there without understanding that it happened.
I have had this a few times over the years. When you get those sensations you are pretty much there or an instant away and in an ultrafast transition you can move to a lucid state and not know this.
Forgive me if this sounds silly but do a reality check or imagine your dream body floating out as these sensations arrive.
I had one incident a few years back where I was in bed and waiting for the G to work. I was patiently waiting and then just rolled out of bed and hit the floor. I felt really stupid and then just thought about it for a bit and worked out that I was lucid and had rolled out of my body. I truly had no idea and I am not new to this.

Just a thought and happy to keep working on this with you if you want
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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby astrovineyard » 01 Mar 2015 03:11

I would say that it keeps me awake, too, except I think it is more likely that attempting to LD made me susceptible to insomnia, which I started experiencing, then which the Galantamine did not help. It has only actually worked once for me, and only minimally. That is only once out of 4 or 5 attempts. One time kept me awake and the others I slept through with nothing strange to report. The last time was like this, even though I duplicated events prior to be, including getting up, then listening to a hypnosis video.

While I don't lucid dream properly, what I find is that I have dreams that seem more vivid in some way, which I believe after the fact I should have realized were dreams, or opportunities to have this realization, but failed, so did not become lucid. The dreams typically involve me trying to fall asleep, or worrying that I have not slept, and at some point in the dream I find a very cozy "eureka" position in which I feel myself falling asleep (in the dream).

The Galantamine gave me one brief episode of sleep paralysis, following a brief dream about being awake, I strained to look in a mirror placed too high, and the reflection looking back at me was very bizarre: not my face, but a deformed monstrosity. It had unusual clarity to it, almost like it was watching a 3-D movie. Not that these movies are clearer than life, but that elements at different focal points seem unnaturally all in focus. Anyway, this face staring at me, though not scary, was accompanied by an "auditory hallucination" that sounded like a strange low steady growl, but it sounded strained like a groan or gurgle. Something in that moment struck me in panic and I suddenly felt not just the urge to awaken, but found myself trying to waken, not by moving, but by "thinking" myself awake. The intention was met with resistance and I felt myself trapped or stuck in this state. Since I was not attempting to flail my limbs, actual paralysis was not detected, but I did have this feeling of helpless dread of being stuck like that, being slowly dragged or held back in some state of doomed oblivion, accompanied by an inability to gasp for a breath I was desperately trying to take while struggling to snap out of it.

I wish I had not panicked, but realized what was happening and let go of struggling. However, after only a few mere seconds of this I DID snap out of it and sat halfway up with an audible gasp. Woah - that hadn't happened to me in years. Not as scary or severe as when I had SP as a child, but several times more intense than a typical hypinc jerk. It was the delay of a few seconds where the fear and dread persisted that made it more than just that split second sense of falling one feels prior to twitching a leg and jolting awake.

So, there is my testimony. I am eager to follow up the experience, and I foolishly tried it again the next night. No luck. So I gave it two nights. Same. You really have to wait several days before trying again.

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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby Peter » 01 Mar 2015 03:38

I get close to 100% with G, the few times I miss I simply go to sleep first. It takes me around 40 or so minutes and I have tried to take it while I am awake but decided I need the time relaxing to get there. Its not the same with coffee as I can take that an hour or two before hand and it will work most of the time. Coffee produces a different type of HI.

Just keep at it, use it once a week and use it with Choline as well. One gets you lucid and one keeps you there
The key with sups is that if you do nothing they might work but if you sweat it you will get past the window of opportunity .

As i said i dont do anything special just take them, wait till around 30 35 minutes, wait for the tingle somewhere and then onto my side and in a few moments I am just there.

It has been a few years of defining that instant and I have as much success on coffee of without anything so have not taken G for a month of two now. Still getting 3 -5 lucids a week and around 30 minutes or more each one so its just practice
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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby berggg » 02 Mar 2015 20:46

Peter wrote:Ok, there is the slimmest change that you are in some way lucid and lying there without understanding that it happened.
I have had this a few times over the years. When you get those sensations you are pretty much there or an instant away and in an ultrafast transition you can move to a lucid state and not know this.
Forgive me if this sounds silly but do a reality check or imagine your dream body floating out as these sensations arrive.
I had one incident a few years back where I was in bed and waiting for the G to work. I was patiently waiting and then just rolled out of bed and hit the floor. I felt really stupid and then just thought about it for a bit and worked out that I was lucid and had rolled out of my body. I truly had no idea and I am not new to this.

Just a thought and happy to keep working on this with you if you want



There is absolutely a chance that I've been lying lucid in my bed not realizing it. Actually it happened at least once and I realized it after a reality check. I try to do frequently reality checks, but of course it's easy to forget when you're actually lucid. Thanks for your advices by the way!

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Re: Galantamine keeps me awake

Postby Peter » 03 Mar 2015 02:50

All good and keep asking away or reporting progress.

Instead of a reality check just imagine getting up and walking away. Most of the time you if lucid you will just get up and walk into a dream
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