J Korean Geriatr Soc.  2014 Sep;18(3):162-164. 10.4235/jkgs.2014.18.3.162.

Vivid Dreaming after Acetyl-L-Carnitine Administration: A Report of Two Cases

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurology, Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea. neurohan5403@gmail.com

Abstract

Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), an acetylated form of L-carnitine, is able to influence the activity of cholinergic neurons, cell membrane stabilization and enhancing mitochondrial function. A 52-year-old woman was referred to neurology clinic for memory impairment within 1 year. She was administered ALC as dose of 1,500 mg per day for improving memory decline. After 14 days from administrating ALC, she complained vivid dreams at every night. Vivid dream was disappeared after ceasing ALC. Another patient, a 72-year-old man, visited neurology clinic for cognitive decline for 2 years. After 20 days from administering ALC with dose of 1,500 mg per day, he also suffered from vivid dreams at every night. His previous stable sleep was also restored after ceasing ALC. ALC supplementation may present vivid dreams as a side effect. Possibility of vivid dream as a side effect should be considered during the management with oral ALC.

Keyword

Carnitine; Dreams

MeSH Terms

Acetylcarnitine*
Aged
Carnitine
Cell Membrane
Cholinergic Neurons
Dreams*
Female
Humans
Memory
Middle Aged
Neurology
Acetylcarnitine
Carnitine
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