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Hormones & Pharmacological Agents

Vasopressin

11 years ago

2013  0
Posted on Mar 19, 2008, 9 a.m. By Bill Freeman

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: One of the most potent nootropic drugs, vasopressin is a hormone secreted by the posterior portion of the pituitary gland. While it may help prevent frequent urination, vasopressin

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

One of the most potent nootropic drugs, vasopressin is a hormone secreted by the posterior portion of the pituitary gland. While it may help prevent frequent urination, vasopressin’s main use is to treat memory deficits due to old age, senile dementia, drug toxicity, and amnesia. Whenever a memory is deposited in the brain, vasopressin regulates the process by selecting pieces of information from the stream of consciousness and converting it into an image or concept, which is eventually transformed from an electrochemical impulse into a chemically encoded long-term memory. Possible benefits of vasopressin include: enhanced clarity, increased attention to detail, improved short-term memory and improved memory imprinting (when taken before an event one can recall the event later in much greater detail). Vasopressin is so powerful that is has been banned in some California colleges for giving students an "unfair" advantage.

ROLE FOR ANTI-AGING:

Vasopressin’s anti-aging benefits may include treatment and prevention of agerelated mental decline, prevention and treatment of senile dementia, improved short-term memory, attention, and clarity, enhanced memory imprinting, and treatment of diabetes insipidus.

SIDE EFFECTS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Side effects may include rhinorrhea and nasal itchiness, headaches, conjunctivitis, sore throat, nausea, abdominal pain and the urgent need to defecate as a result of increased peristalsis. Vasopressin is contraindicated for patients suffering from coronary insufficiency or using halothane or cyclopropane anesthetics. It should be administered with caution in cases of epilepsy, or any case where increased blood pressure is to be avoided. For general anti-aging purposes, it is recommended that vasopressin is only used when required. It should be avoided by anyone suffering from a cardiovascular problem.

PHARMACOLOGY:

Synonyms: L-8; Lipressina.: LVP.

Chemical Name: (8 lysine)Vasopressin; Cys-TryPhe-Gln-Asn-Cys-Pro-Lys-Gly-NH(2) cyclic (1->6) disulphide.

Molecular Formula: C(46)H(65)N(13)O(12)S(2)

Molecular Weight: 1056.2

Distribution: Vasopressin is available in 5ml or l2ml nasal sprays under the trade names Diapid, Lypressin Injection BP 1993, Lypressin Nasal Solution USP 23, Neo-Lidocaton, Postacton, Postacton, Syntopressin, Vasopresina, Vasopressin, Vasopressin, Vasopressine, and Vasopressine. Lypressin and Argipressin (extracted from pigs and cows respectively) have been withdrawn from the World market. These versions of vasopressin are being replaced by a synthetic version of the hormone called Desmopressin. Desmopressin has a longer half-life and is more potent than previous animal-derived versions of vasopressin.

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