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Anyone tried dopamine agonists for depression?

Anyone tried  dopamine agonists for depression?

Antidepressants: Yes but they tend to be tricky. Dopamine agonist include stimulants and parkinsons medications. They can lead to dependence, tolerance and lose effectiveness fairly quickly. The brain likes to balance effects so rapid acting medications like drugs of abuse cause the body to resist the change. This is why antidepressants that take awhile to work have more enduring benefit. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How do I get my doctor to prescribe me dopamine agonists for depression?

How do I get my doctor to prescribe me dopamine agonists for depression?

Why?: Dopamine agonists generally don't make good antidepressants as there is rapid tolerance to this effect. This leads to agitation and addiction with dramatic worsening on discontinuation. There are better ways of getting enhanced Dopamine effect for depression with use of MAO inhibitors, wellbutrin or atypical antipsychotics like Abilify (aripiprazole) or seroquel. ...Read more

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Can psychiatrists prescribe a dopamine agonist like dostinex (cabergoline) to patients with OCD and Anxiety or depression?

Can psychiatrists prescribe a dopamine agonist like dostinex (cabergoline) to patients with OCD and Anxiety or depression?

Anything: Hi. Psychiatrists can prescribe anything the want to that they deem is good for patient care! They're licensed physicians! ...Read more

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Can dopamine agonists like add drugs and levadopa cause problems?

Can dopamine agonists like add drugs and levadopa cause problems?

Yes: All medications can have side effects or complications. This must be weighed against the risk of not treating. Dopamine agonists can cause insomnia, tolerance, hallucinations and agitation. Ldopa used for RLS is usually at a low dose with minimal risk but for parkinsons the above complications should be looked for. Adhd medications have potential for abuse in patients who don't have true adhd. ...Read more

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I am breaking out in hives and will not tolerate dopamine agonists anymore for treatment of parinsons, what will substitute?

I am breaking out in hives and will not tolerate dopamine agonists anymore for treatment of parinsons, what will substitute?

Clariton: Try diff antihistamines and follow diet ( get off shell sea foods, sstrawberries, peanuts) no aspirin, yellow dye no. 5 doule the dose of antihistamine and take tagamet (cimetidine) for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I am breaking out in hives from requip (ropinirole) for Parkinson's disease, will other dopamine agonists give me hives?

I am breaking out in hives from requip (ropinirole) for Parkinson's disease, will other dopamine agonists give me hives?

Perhaps not: Worthwhile trying Neupro (rotigotine) patch, which may not cause the allergic rxtn. If this too fails, go to various l-dopa preps, as unlikely to cause similar process. ...Read more

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Dopamine Agonists raise or lower Dopamine levels? Have high prolactin, due for MRI pituitary gland, want to know L-thyrosine use was bad idea in past?

Dopamine Agonists raise or lower Dopamine levels? Have high prolactin, due for MRI pituitary gland, want to know L-thyrosine use was bad idea in past?

Neither: dopamine agonists stimulate receptors, but do not raise or lower levels. The newer agents, such as ritigotine, only stimulate specific brain receptors, and do not affect prolactin levels. ...Read more

Agonist (Definition)

An agonist is a chemical that binds to a receptor on a cell and triggers a response by that cell. An agonist usually mimics the action of the naturally occuring substance. An antagonist does just the opposite, blocking the ...Read more


Dr. Martin Johnson
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Dopamine (Definition)

Dopamine is an inotrope which is a kind of heart ...Read more