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What are the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine?

What are the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine?

Receptors: These three medications are used to support the heart and cardiovascular system ie. blood pressure and heart rate. They are known as sympathomimetics and have a similar response to what you would think of as adrenaline. Each has variable effect on either heart rate, heart function (in terms of strength of 'squeeze') and on blood vessels which would translate to higher blood pressure. ...Read more

Dr. Elazer Edelman
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Dobutamine (Definition)

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Can you explain the differences between levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine, and dobutamine?

Alters physiology: These are very simple answers to a complex question. Levophed (norepinephrine) increases blood pressure; Dopamine increases heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac function (contractility); Dobutamine increases cardiac contractility and heart rate. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences of levophed, (norepinephrine) dopamine and dobutamine in terms of their action?

You Asked for It----: Dobutamine- direct b1 receptor stimulant or agonist in the sympathetic nervous system. Levophed- vasoconstrictor peripherally (alpha adrenergic effects) and beta adrenergic stimulant at the level of the heart and coronary vessels dopamine- dual b1 and Alpha adrenergic effects. Useful in hypovolemic shock because of conservancy of renal blood flow. Also, works centrally in other complex ways. ...Read more

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Is dopamine similar to dobutamine?

Is dopamine similar to dobutamine?

Yes and no: They are both catecholamines, a specific type of chemical class. In the body, there are different type of receptors in tissues which bind catechols with different effects. Dopamine and doubtamine have different affinities for different receptors and thus can have different effects. Kind of like different types of baking sugars...They are all sugars but are used for special purposes and functions. ...Read more

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When should we choose dopamine over dobutamine in treating congestive cardiac failure?

When should we choose dopamine over dobutamine in treating congestive cardiac failure?

Sometimes use both: Dopamine has more affect on blood pressure (raises it). Dobutamine increases heart (myocardial) contractility so it makes the heart muscle beat stronger and subsequently increases cardiac output. They are often used together for people with heart failure and low bp. ...Read more

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When should someone use dopamine and dobutamine?

Never: Those are serious and dangerous medications and should only be administered in an intensive care setting by a qualified physican. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dopamine and dobutamine?

Natural/synthetic: Dopamine is a naturally occuring catecholamine with numerous physiologic functions including neural transmission and BP regulation. Dobutamine is a synthetic drug used for testing and cardiac stimuation. ...Read more

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How can you balance your dopamine levels?

How can you balance your dopamine levels?

Dopamine: Stay happy! if a mood disorder or other psychiatric diagnosis is present, then medication can be used to help stabilize levels in your brain. But if not, taking medication is not recommended to try to change the Dopamine levels. ...Read more

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Which foods help increase dopamine levels?

Which foods help increase dopamine levels?

Increase tyrosine: Here's a nice wikihow on this topic: http://www.Wikihow.Com/increase-dopamine. Some foods high in tyrosine are almonds, avocados, bananas, low-fat dairy, lima beans, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. Limit refined carbohydrates - sugar and flour. Eat a diet high in antioxidants to prevent the degradation of dopamine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to replace dopamine?

Is it possible for you to replace dopamine?

Yes: Parkinson's disease does involve dopamine and is stabilized by usage of L-DOPA which converts to dopamine. ...Read more

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What are natural ways to increase dopamine levels?

What are natural ways to increase dopamine levels?

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

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How do I manage a dopamine gtt?

R u a doctor?: I hope you are a doctor, or other trained medical professional. ...Read more

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Could selenium increase dopamine levels?

Could selenium increase dopamine levels?

No: It's got antioxidant properties as a free radical scavenger though. So it's theoretically neuroprotective. This may slow down the loss of dopamine producing neurons ...Read more

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How to diagnosis Dopamine respond dystonia?

How to diagnosis Dopamine respond dystonia?

Wise guy answer: I know this may seem like a wiseguy type of an answer to you but truthfully it is exactly to your point. The patient is given dopamine in the form of carbidopa levodopa usually and we see if the dystonia gets better. Hence, the name "dopamine responsive dystonia."some things in medicine are just that easy. Want to become a doctor? Cheers! ...Read more

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What happen if there is a high level of dopamine in brains?

What happen if there is a high level of dopamine in brains?

Great question : When we doctors think of dopamine excess, we think "psychosis". Dopamine depletion means "Parkinsons". This is an oversimplification of course. ...Read more

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Are there homeopathic dopamine antagonist?

Are there  homeopathic dopamine antagonist?

No: Truly homeopathic "medications" are made by repeated dilutions, so that the ingredient is not really there anymore (just the "essence" of it remains). That means there is no active ingredient left to antagonize dopamine. However, that also implies that the homeopathic "medicine" should be pretty harmless, unless some other non-homeopathic ingredient (such as some other chemical) was added. ...Read more

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Are all antipsychotics dopamine antagonist?

Are all antipsychotics  dopamine antagonist?

Yes: Although atypicals are more selective about the Dopamine receptors they block and also act on seratonin receptors. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

Is there evidence that dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

Hypothesis : I believe you're referring to a theory known as the dopamine hypothesis. Dopamine is a nerotransmitter which, according to the theory, is in excess. That means there's too much dopamine in the neuroreceptors, and this contributes to the symptoms of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is Depakote a dopamine antagonist?

Is Depakote a dopamine antagonist?

No: According to our current understanding, Depakote work by altering calcium current, sodium channel, and the synthesis and breakdown of gaba, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Johnson
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Dopamine (Definition)

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