Amide reduction is a reaction in organic synthesis where an amide is reduced to either an amine or an aldehyde functional group.  
hydrogenation can be used to reduce amides to amines; however, the process often requires high hydrogenation pressures and reaction temperatures to be effective (i.e. often requiring pressures above 197 atm and temperatures exceeding 200 °C).  Selective catalysts for the reaction include Copper chromite, Rhenium trioxide, and Rhenium(VII) oxide.
Non-catalytic routes to amines
Reducing agents able to affect this reaction include metal hydrides such as lithium aluminium hydride,     or  lithium borohydride in mixed solvents of tetrahydrofuran and methanol, 
Non-catalytic routes to aldehydes
N,N-disubstituted amides can be reduced to aldehydes by using an excess of the amide:
R(CO)NRR' + LiAlH 4 -> RCHO + HNRR'
With further reduction the
alcohol is obtained.
Some amides can be reduced to aldehydes in the
A well known method for amide reduction is
hydrosilylation with silyl hydrides and a suitable catalyst based on Rh, Ru, Pt, Pd, Ir, Os, Re, Mn, Mo, In, or Ti.
Iron catalysis by
triiron dodecacarbonyl in combination with polymethylhydrosiloxane has been reported. 
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