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Dr. Martin Johnson
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Dopamine (Overview)

Dopamine is an inotrope which is a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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What is dopamine?

What is dopamine?

Dopamine: Dopamine is a naturally produced compound synthesized in the adrenal medulla. It has many functions, including neurotransmission, cardiovascular maintenance, and it has effects on kidney blood flow. It is sometimes administered by a physician in situations where a person is critically ill and is needed for cardiovascular support.

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Dr. Martin Johnson
902 Doctors shared insights

Dopamine (Overview)

Dopamine is an inotrope which is a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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What are the food sources of dopamine?

What are the food sources of dopamine?

Most food sources: Dopamine by itself is not found in any food sources but there are two Amino Acids that are converted to Dopamine in the body. Look for foods with phenylananine and tyrosine in them, though this is not very difficult to find. Most meats, dairy, and grains are high in both of these amino acids.

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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.

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Can excessive dopamine use cause a significant decrease in a person's normal inhibitions to abnormal behaviors and an increased level of risk taking?

Can excessive dopamine use cause a significant decrease in a person's normal inhibitions to abnormal behaviors and an increased level of risk taking?

What does use mean?: The brain makes all of its DA. DA made outside the brain doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier so doesn't get into the brain. DOPA does cross the blood-brain barrier but ingested DOPA causes intractable nausea & vomiting if not given with carbidopa. Then there are dopamine agonists. Are you referring to those?

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Since maoi and cigarettes can block mao and raise dopamine levels, can maoi be used to help a smoker quit smoking? If not, why not? If so which maoi?

Since maoi and cigarettes can block mao and raise dopamine levels, can maoi be used to help a smoker quit smoking? If not, why not? If so which maoi?

No evidence: Dopamine is increased by smoking however although in theory a good question not used options are nicotine replacements varencline nortriptine bupropion etc the risk of side effects is not worth the risk since it is not a first line treatment.

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What is the most effective dopamine agonist for Parkinson's treatment?

What is the most effective dopamine agonist for Parkinson's treatment?

Root cause: While it is important to understand all options available for parkinson's treatment, looking for the underlying causes and trying to treat those can help the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease, which is affected by genetics, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle. These factors need to be evaluated and then addressed.

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When chocolate gives you chemicals like endorphins and dopamine, does that work through your tastebuds, or does it give you the chemicals internally?

When chocolate gives you chemicals like endorphins and dopamine, does that work through your tastebuds, or does it give you the chemicals internally?

Neither: Our bodies (& especially our brains) aren't 4-cylinder Chevys. NOTHING in nature is that simple. Most of taste is actually smell. We don't taste chocolate, we smell it. Smell is our most ancient sense & the least well understood. Chocolate doesn't "give" us chemicals; the smell & ingested chemicals stimulate the brain to produce them. Brain research may be your calling. Think about it.

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Taking Luvox (fluvoxamine) & Klonopin for severe OCD & anxiety but still get very depressed & anxious moods. Looking for a safe OTC mood/dopamine supplement?

Taking Luvox (fluvoxamine) & Klonopin for severe OCD & anxiety but still get very depressed & anxious moods. Looking for a safe OTC mood/dopamine supplement?

Exercise: The best non-prescription treatment for depression and anxiety is exercise and a healthy diet with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Exercise alone can raise the chemicals in the brain that help ward off depression. That is far better than a supplement. You also just plain feel a tad better after exercise because you are doing what you can do to help treat and control symptoms. Go walk!

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Can dopamine deficiency be dangerous?

Can dopamine deficiency be dangerous?

Dopamine: Dopamine is not a vitamin and can not be consumed. It is a neurotransmitter. Imbalance of Dopamine can affect mood.

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A 42yr female, posted for TAH, received IV dopamine200mg accidentally in OT, but managed successfully. What are effects & management of dopamine toxicity?

A 42yr female, posted for TAH, received IV dopamine200mg accidentally in OT, but managed successfully. What are effects & management of dopamine toxicity?

Dopamine: Is a naturally occurring substance. Accidental administration can cause irregular or fast heart rate, high blood pressure, maybe headache. It is metabolized very quickly, it's half life is about 2 minutes. So no treatment is really needed unless the heart rate, high blood pressure is severe. Since you are communicating with us now, it seems it all turned out fine. You can put it behind you.

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What are the effects of lowered dopamine?

What are the effects of lowered dopamine?

Less normal itch: Every hormone and natural transmitters are needed for positive and negative response.

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How can I replace dopamine in my system?

How can I replace dopamine in my system?

Please clarify: Your post is not clear. Please repost your question with an explanation of how and why you consider your "system" to be lacking in dopamine and to need replacement of it.

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, how long will it take for my dopamine levels to become stable on l dopa?

L-dopa levels: L-dopa comes in short and long acting forms, which last from two to about eight hours. After starting l-dopa therapy, if the doses are taken very regularly, the brain levels will stabilize after four to six weeks, because of the many interacting brain regions that are affected..

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Anxiety really affecting my life. I've also been on a dopamine drug. What do you suggest?

Anxiety really affecting my life. I've also been on a dopamine drug. What do you suggest?

Specific Therapy: Get talk therapy that goes well beyond the line, "tell me how you feel about that." first, u really do need someone w/training & expertise in treatment of anxiety problems/disorders. It's vital 2 understand what anxiety is, how it ticks & what specific things can help if anxiety starts interfering w/ ability 2function &w/ ability 2 form/keep relationships. Great info here: http://bit. Ly/zaffly.

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since my Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) overdose 1 yr ago (been clean since), I can't feel any emotion or feelings of pleausure, none. Could it have depleted my dopamine?

since my Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) overdose 1 yr ago (been clean since), I can't feel any emotion or feelings of pleausure, none. Could it have depleted my dopamine?

Tell your doctor: Brintellix has a fairly high incidence of sexual dysfunction.It acts on NE and serotonin transport and receptors Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause a major numbing effect as well. Seroquel can have a lot of side effects as well. (it has the greatest effect on dopamine receptor activity). That being said, I suggest that you make no change in your medication without the advise of your prescribing physician.

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What is dopamine?

Dopamine: Dopamine is a naturally produced compound synthesized in the adrenal medulla. It has many functions, including neurotransmission, cardiovascular maintenance, and it has effects on kidney blood flow. It is sometimes administered by a physician in situations where a person is critically ill and is needed for cardiovascular support.

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What is the value of dopamine?

Dopamine: . Dopamine is for executive functions such as planning and alertness, etc.

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