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Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is a chemical, a precursor agent, that facilitates reactions leading to the formation of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that enables cell communication. DMAE is organically produced within the human brain in small amounts but is also found readily in foods such as anchovies and sardines. DMAE has shown itself to be an effective anti-aging agent in some patients, delivered as a topical medication. Some users have seen improvement in their skin's elasticity, tone, and luminosity, and have noticed a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.

DMAE has a whole host of other important and significant medical uses and treatments. Some of the more widely known conditions, diseases, or areas of use for which DMAE may be utilized are as follows: Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, autism, tardive dyskinesia, memory improvement, as a cognitive booster, energy booster, for athletic enhancement, red blood cell function, and more.


DMAE can be prepared in many delivery forms such as tablets, creams, etc. If your doctor thinks that DMAE is needed or advisable for your treatment, be sure to have him or her explain how DMAE is used, your options, directions for using, and duration of use. A compounding pharmacy can prepare DMAE into a delivery form that is suitable for you based on your medical history and condition as indicated by your doctor. After beginning use of DMAE, your compounding pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you may have ongoing.


Side effects have presented with the use of this drug. While there are many possible side effects, a few of the possible side effects that could be encountered when taking DMAE orally are as follows:

  • Unwanted Facial or Mouth Movements
  • Itching
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Vivid Dreaming
  • Feeling Excited
  • Increase in Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Hypomania
  • Increase of Schizophrenia Symptoms

NOTE: DMAE may exacerbate certain mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and depression, etc. Talk to your doctor about your options if you have any physical or mental conditions.

Always seek medical treatment right away if any side effects are growing in intensity, worsening, lingering, or are concerning to you.


Do not take DMAE if you are pregnant.

Do not take DMAE if you are breastfeeding.

Do not take DMAE if you have clonic-tonic seizure disorders.

Your doctor should know your complete medical history before you begin taking or using this drug. Make them aware of any medications that you are currently using as well. Do not take or use this drug without first consulting with your doctor and only take or use it if your doctor feels that it is necessary for your treatment, condition, or desired outcome.

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA