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How To Increase Serotonin Levels In The Brain
Naturally means?: Do you mean WITHOUT use of typical pharmacological agents which are prescribed in the U.S. and elsewhere? Tyrosine is an amino acid which is a building block for dopamine. When taken in greater quantities than we get from ingestion dopamine levels will rise in the brain. However, at such necessarily high levels, significant side effects can occur. Needs to be monitored closely by physician. ...Read more
Dopamine production: There is no proven way to increase dopamine. Ingested Dopamine is broken down in the stomach and small intesting (unless combined with a special medication...Carbidopa, for example in the medicine given to parkinson's patients carbidopa/levodopa). It can be given intravenously, which is done sometimes to help increase blood pressure. See also: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/dopamine. ...Read more
Aerobics: Any aerobic exercises will do it - you can pick ones that please you and if you can go to a gym, the staff can help you decide on those suited to your needs. This sounds like a really great idea for you to try - don't give up - if you don't like one type - try another! Good for you, feel proud and optimistic. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can you tell me if morphine sulfate increases dopamine levels in the brain while decreasing serotonin levels 5-ht ?
Timing: There is more than one answer depending on timing. Opiates initially increase bothe Dopamine and serotonin levels. However, long term abuse can lead to lower than normal levels as you deplete the body's reservoirs of these neurotransmitters. It also makes a difference WHERE in the CNS you are trying to measusre these things. Most of the work has been done on mice and extrapolated to humans! ...Read more
Steroids: I don't believe there is anything like neurosteroids. Please be specific. ...Read more
Serotonin: My first question is why you would think you need to remove serotonin from your body. This pleasure giving chemical that creates a sense of balance and well being is a good thing to have. Do you have mania? Are you on any medications that are causing mental health problems. Sometimes questions cause more questions to be asked. Keep talking to us here. ...Read more
Best lifestyle: One way to increase Dopamine is to exercise, especially a graded, but gentle weight lifting program. If you are asking about stimulants that can be prescribed, i would not endorse that. Taking the precursor tyrosine (an Amino Acid from diet) does not generally improve because of issues getting into brain. Some natural things like rhodiola rosea are thought to help. ...Read more
Can't be answered: There's a lot of confusion about serotonin by the public, in part because some antidepressants are said to work by "increasing serotonin." it's not so simple. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (it carries signals between nerve and brain cells) that acts throughout the body. There's no single "level" of serotonin in the body, ; it doesn't increase or decrease as a whole. ...Read more
Chemically or natura: Thrilling behavior, ie. Skydiving, will do it. Gambling will for some, unfortunately do it. Risky, edgy behaviour does it. /c/hemically, drugs to treat parkinson's will increase central dopamine, as will buproprion-a stimulating anti-depressant. Other drugs that treat high prolactins will do it as well, although some treat parkinson's. ...Read more
Increased levels: I believe you are asking what happens when these neurotransmitters are chemically prevented from being metabolized 're-uptake'. This is often accomplished by drugs like anti-depressants. The levels of the neurotransmitters are increased and their physiologic effects are secondarily increased. An example would be subjective feeling of pleasure from increased dopamine. ...Read more
With time: High levels of LDL and low levels HDL may form an atheromatous plague at your coronary arteries creating a stenosis and an ischemic heart disease with high risk for a heart attack. Depending on family history and other risk factors you chances can get very high. Lifestyle changes early and possibly treating increase chol may prevent the disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Since GABA is the main inhibitory transmitter in the brain, if levels rise high enough could it cause anxiolosis and eventually coma?
Do I understand?: Great question. I think you are asking whether gamma-amino butyric acid can produce excitoxicity. This is a completely different function from synaptic inhibition, and it's been reported in some animal models recently especially in the immature hippocampus and conjecturally as a cause of the brain damage from repeated alcohol / sedative withdrawl. Check the scientific papers yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does Clomid (clomiphene) work to "trick the brain" into thinking the levels of estrogen in the body are low?
Receptors: Clomid (clomiphene) binds to the estrogen receptors. Normally estrogen binds to those receptors. But the Clomid (clomiphene) does not bind in the same way and so the end result is that the receptors are not as active. And so the body then does not think there is a lot of estrogen around so the brain makes more fsh to grow eggs and more more estrogen. ...Read more
Can you tell me how l-dopa effect the actions of neurotransmitters at the synapse in Parkinson's patients?
Explanation: Although Parkinson's is a multi-neurotransmitter deficiency disorder, the main focus involves a dopamine deficiency within the basal ganglia. L-DOPA is a precursor, which is transformed within the body to dopamine after ingestion, and supplements the deficiency present in the substantia nigra which improves communication with areas such as putamen and globus pallidus. ...Read more
Blood Serotonin: Blood serotonin may differ from the amount available in the brain, because of the blood-brain barrier. Blood or serum serotonin (not CSF serotonin) can be measured to look for carcinoid syndrome, where a tumor secretes the neurochemical, serotonin. These tumors are rare, and most are in the GI tract. Symptoms include diarrhea, flushing, intermittent belly pain, and low blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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