vinpocetine contain caffeine?
The vinpocetine I now use has no caffeine. I presently take a
single tablet each morning, but if I were just beginning my regimen,
I’d take two of these each day on 12-hr intervals.
vinpocetine should I take?
Presently, because everything is completely under control (no symptoms
whatsoever), I take a single 10 mg vinpocetine in the morning. If I
were beginning or had symptoms, I'd take 10 mg in single doses two or
three times spread out through the day.
A very few people react mildly to vinpocetine, usually with an
increased heart rate. Consequently, it might be advisable to begin
with a single 10 mg tablet each day for a few days, and then, if you
have no side effects (very rare), increase to two tablets. The common
vinpocetine literature states that as much as 30 mg can be safely
consumed each day, if required.
possibly give me your schedule for taking your supplements?
almost everything in the morning with breakfast. But I take a second
60 mg ginkgo and a second lemon bioflavonoid in the evening.
I purchased a plastic 7-day, 7-compartment pill container. I fill this
once each week, instead of unscrewing all those containers each day. I
have second 7-day container for the evening dosages. Simplifies
Vertigoheel should I take?
If I were starting, I'd take two tablets three times a day, as per the
label. I haven't taken any of it now for, perhaps, a year or so. If I
ever get any hint of dizziness, pressure, or any other symptom, I'll
bring back the Vertigoheel. Follow the directions on the bottle.
work exactly like SERC?
Ginkgo, alone, is not likely to offer the relief that SERC does.
Ginkgo does indeed increase circulation, but apparently not in the
manner that SERC does. SERC works because it increases inner ear
blood flow (the central thesis of my treatment regimen). Consequently,
for the core of my approach I recommend the use of lemon bioflavonoid
tablets and vinpocetine, both of which apparently increase inner ear
blood flow. SERC is not generally available in the US, as it is not
FDA-approved here. It can be prescribed and prepared by compounding
pharmacists. But I have no experience with SERC.
available in the United States?
SERC is not commonly available here (must be specially compounded upon
prescription by a pharmacist). Our federal drug agency simple doesn't
approve of SERC. It is a Meniere’s drug of choice in Europe and is
rather effective, which is evidence that supports my regimen that
also increases blood flow through the inner ear.
Is there any
difference between specific “lemon bioflavonoid” and generic “citrus
Yes! The supplement I take that has caused a major reduction in my
symptoms is a specific lemon-derived bioflavonoid. One bioflavonoid,
eriocitrin (also called eriodictyol), is found in lemon rinds (but
apparently not in other citrus fruits), and has been shown to be a
capillary vasodilator. It increases the blood flow through these small
vessels. Eriocitrin is the apparent active ingredient in lemon
bioflavonoid I take is Lindberg Bioflavonoid Complex offered by
Nutrition Express (NutritionExpress.com,
1-800-338-7979 price $5.99 to $13.49).
How long will
everything take to start working?
SERC is a known
vasodilator, increasing the flow of blood through the inner ear.
Vertigoheel is a homeopathic concoction for which no one, even the
homeopaths themselves, knows how it might work. But for me, and many
others, it does. But be sure to take it exactly as labeled, under the
tongue. And take it consistently for two or three days without a
break. It apparently needs this "loading" dosage.
I'm not sure how long relief can come for others taking the materials
I listed. For me, I felt much better in a month or so. But that's not
really fair, as I didn't start taking all of the things at once. I
kept adding as I discovered new agents. And I must point out that what
works for me may not work for everyone as it did for me, either at the
same speed or with the same efficacy. Some will find that my
recommendations are useless. Others, gratefully, have found good
relief from their Meniere's symptoms. I only wish that were so for
everyone. Some have had relief in just a few days. Others in a week or
so, with still others in a month or so. If there is no relief in
symptoms after two months or so, it’s probable that this regimen will
not be effective. (But it might even take longer for some. That has
not been clinically determined yet. It’s still trial and error.)
Some recent studies show that Vertigoheel works in the brain, not the
inner ear. It apparently helps the brain deal with confusing balance
signals coming from the Meniere’s-diseased ear.
the same as Vinpocetine?
Vincamine, although derived from the Vinca minor plant, as is
vinpocetine, is not the same. The two chemicals are different. I have
no experience with vincamine and have no understanding of its
benefits, if any, for Meniere’s.
Do you use any
Diuretics failed to help my Meniere's. That's why I searched for
something else, and came up with my regimen. But those currently on
diuretics are advised to consult with a physician before abandoning
them. There may be untoward health effects if one suddenly stops the
diuretics. Check first. And for many, low salt and diuretics does
reduce the frequency and severity of Meniere’s attacks.
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