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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Using knowledge of the dopaminergic neurone, how might one increase or decrease the release of dopamine?

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Using knowledge of the dopaminergic neurone, how might one increase or decrease the release of dopamine?

Natural High : There are many ways once can try to increase brain Dopamine levels. But what ever you do, do not do it with drugs. The high is short and "fun"; the fall is miserable and and long. Some supplements can help, but discuss with your doctor before flushing your dollars down the drain. If natural measures fail, there are effective prescription medications which can help with your Dopamine concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Do only dopaminergic neurons release dopamine?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Do only dopaminergic neurons release dopamine?

Yes: Yes, only dopaminergic neurons release dopamine, but there are several dopaminergic pathways in the brain. Dopaminergic neurons in midbrain are the main source of Dopamine in the mammalian cns. Losing these is associated with parkinson's disease. Dopamine neurons are involved with voluntary movement and other behavioral processes such as mood, reward, addiction, psychosis, and stress. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I know exercise produces dopamine, but is it true that exercise helps in dopamine receptor regeneration or does it help in opening blocked receptors?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I know exercise produces dopamine, but is it true that exercise helps in dopamine receptor regeneration or does it help in opening blocked receptors?

Maybe: Nobody really knows, and final answers aren't out. What I do know is (1) doing strenuous sports activities that you actually like or sort-of-like usually improves your mood, sleep, and efficiency; (2) it is not a cure-all for mental health issues, either those related to brain chemistry or related to life situations; (3) it helps you meet the right people. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
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If exercise raises dopamine levels will the levels be to high if i also take adderall?

Dr. Lisa Rankin
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If exercise raises dopamine levels will the levels be to high if i also take adderall?

No: Exercise does not cause hormones and neurotransmitters to increase to a level that would be considered excessive. Regular exercise is a good thing for everyone and can help with the increased activity seen in adhd. It can also help with focus and attention. Physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive functioning so put on your running shoes and get going. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Knowing that vyvanse works mostly with Dopamine. Would sex before/during/after taking the pill affect the strength? Since orgasms release Dopamine.

Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Knowing that vyvanse works mostly with Dopamine. Would sex before/during/after taking the pill affect the strength? Since orgasms release Dopamine.

Interesting thought!: However, we don't recommend frequent sex to help raise dopamine levels! Especially since the increase is likely brief and not a reason to increase or decrease medications. Regular exercise does help ADHD, but what that exercise must be is not specified, as long as you do it long enough and regularly enough. Is it's benefit due to dopamine alone? No clear answer's known. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Why does the brain release dopamine? What is its purpose?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Why does the brain release dopamine? What is its purpose?

Brief answer: Dopamine is one of many inhibitory neuro-transmitters, and these chemicals balance the effect of excitatory items, such as glutamate. An important role of dopamine involves mood and behavior, but also, stabilization of limb and walking function. ...Read more

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Dr. Forshing Lui
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After taking antipsychotics, whenever I exercise my heart rate stays elevated for many hours after stopping. Does have to do with dopamine blocking?

Dr. Forshing Lui
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After taking antipsychotics,  whenever I exercise my heart rate stays elevated for many hours after stopping.  Does  have to do with dopamine blocking?

Medicine side effect: Dopamine blockade does not cause the heart rate to go up. The anticholinergic side effects of some antipsychotics or anticholinergics used with antipsychotics may cause the heart rate to go up a little. ...Read more

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Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Can chantix cause tics in someone w tourette's? I read that it releases dopamine.

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Can chantix cause tics in someone w tourette's?  I read that it releases dopamine.

Conceivable : ref:drugs.com chantix can cause numerous neuro symptoms like Psychiatric side effects have included insomnia (19%), abnormal dreams (9% to 13%), sleep disorder (2%), and nightmare (2%). Anxiety, depression, emotional disorder, irritability, restlessness, aggression, agitation, disorientation, dissociation, decreased libido, mood swings, abnormal thinking, it is conceivable to cause tics ...Read more

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Dr. Nicholas Stratas
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Can too much dopamine after exercise lead to psychosis? Can too much dopamine leave one up all night long.

Dr. Nicholas Stratas
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Can too much dopamine after exercise lead to psychosis? Can too much dopamine leave one up all night long.

Not likely to either: However what is too much in both questions? ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Hi docs, can you tell me if testosterone & dopamine are released in our bodies as solids?

Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Hi docs, can you tell me if testosterone & dopamine are released in our bodies as solids?

Nope: Hi. Nope, not released as solids. What an odd question. Regardless, no, they're not secreted from the glands they're synthesized in as solids. Where does this stuff come from? ...Read more

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