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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


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What's a dopamine agonist?

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What's a dopamine agonist?

Dopamine: It increases Dopamine activity in brain either by increasing production, decreasing reuptake, or sensitizing Dopamine receptors. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dopamine agonist?

What is the definition or description of: dopamine agonist?

Parkinson's drug: Dopamine agonists work in a similar fashion to true Dopamine to maintain function in the basal ganglia in parkinson's disease, but also may help restless leg syndrome pts. The class includes requip, mirapex, Neupro (rotigotine) patch. ...Read more

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Is risperdal dopamine agonist?

Is risperdal dopamine agonist?

No: How Risperdal (also called risperidone) works isn't entirely clear. It does act on Dopamine receptors, but it's an antagonist. It's also a serotonin receptor antagonist. ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) a dopamine agonist drug?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) a dopamine agonist drug?

Mostly: Wellbutrin (bupropion) interferes with reuptake of dopamine&norepinephrine (noradrenaline)in the central nervous system, thereby leaving these neurotransmitters to sit longer&stronger in the synapse between communicating brain cells, which enhances dopamine&adrenaline activity at the cellular level. That can treat depression, feed pleasure to help sex&bypass tobacco, improve adhd&cognition, lower weight, etc. ...Read more

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Could anhedonia be induced by a dopamine agonist (mirapex)?

Could anhedonia be induced by a dopamine agonist (mirapex)?

Mirapex (pramipexole): It can affect moods & behaviors. In one controlled study, it was shown that Mirapex (pramipexole) is efficacious in unipolar depression. Some reported side-effects include headaches, nausea/vomiting, sedation, insomnia, low blood pressure, hallucinations. ...Read more

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Are there any Drs. Here that have significant experience with Dopamine Agonist Withdrawl Syndrome? I like my P doc, but I'm his first cause of DAWS

Are there any Drs. Here that have significant experience with Dopamine Agonist Withdrawl Syndrome? I like my P doc, but I'm his first cause of DAWS

Neurologists: Neurologists often have experience with this disorder. It is often helpful to use a small amount of levodopa/carbidopa to protect against the withdrawal for 1-2 weeks, like 100/25 mg three times a day. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a normal doctor (not psychiatrist) prescribe you dopamine agonist, for mental disorder?

Can a normal doctor (not psychiatrist) prescribe you dopamine agonist, for mental disorder?

Yes they can: Any physician can prescribe psychiatric medicines. If one has been evaluated and treated by a specialist, and is mentally stable, then I see no reason why it would not be safe for a pcp to continue prescribing. ...Read more

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If Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) possibly depleted my dopamine, granted it didn't damage the receptors, would a dopamine agonist or reuptake help me to feel pleasure again?

If Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) possibly depleted my dopamine, granted it didn't damage the receptors, would a dopamine agonist or reuptake help me to feel pleasure again?

Chasing drugs: You're into what unfortunately most Americans (doctors, patients, nurses, etc) do all the time...chase the side effects or the unwanted actions of one drug with the expected benefits from another. Huh??

I believe we should be rather preaching the art of being patient and calm. Nature knows how to rehabilitate us better than we do. Give time to your body to return itself to its operating baseline ...Read more

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Could a prolactin level of 30.8 and insuf vitamin D be indicator of low dopamine needing treatment with a dopamine agonist?

Could a prolactin level of 30.8 and insuf vitamin D be indicator of low dopamine needing treatment with a dopamine agonist?

Prolactin -hi, low D: The need for dopamine replacement, as in Parkinsons's, presents with motor symptoms like cogwheel rigidity, gait changes. Too much dopamine can lead to psychotic symptoms. Meds as SSRIs, gaba, estrogen opioids, risperidone can increase prolactin.May be lab variation repeat in 1 month, may be due to prolactinoma a common small mass in the pituitary, check MRI. Low Vit D is commo f/u/w/doc ...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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If someone has depression & restless leg syndrome due to renal failure, what type of antidepressant is best. Dopamine agonist, ssri, benzo, or combo.

If someone has depression & restless leg syndrome due to renal failure, what type of antidepressant is best. Dopamine agonist, ssri, benzo, or combo.

Many choices: You need to talk to your physician because there are many other issues we cannot cover. Since you have both depression renal failure and restless legs each needs specific diagnostic evaluation help answer your question. ...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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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

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Is safe to take dostinex (cabergoline) when the pacient has severe OCD? I ask because as a agonist of dopamine it can increase anxiety levels.

Is safe to take dostinex (cabergoline) when the pacient has severe OCD? I ask because as a agonist of dopamine it can increase anxiety levels.

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Have often had this question for my patients. Need to coordinate between psychiatrist and endocrinologist. My particular concern would be if using a dopamine antagonist medication, usually atypical anti psychotic. So that effectiveness of medication may be less. Also, the dopamine stimulation could in theory bring on as you say anxiety or psychotic symptoms. Glad to go into
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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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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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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?

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

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Do Dopamine agonists for Restless Leg Syndrome cross the Blood Brain Barrier? If not, why are side effects like psychosis possible?

Do Dopamine agonists for Restless Leg Syndrome cross the Blood Brain Barrier? If not, why are side effects like psychosis possible?

Clarification: Of course, dopamine agonists cross the brain-blood barrier and interact with appropriate receptors.
I suggest you sit down face to face with your doctor and discuss all of your misgivings. ...Read more

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How do you naturally increase dopamine levels in the brain?

How do you naturally increase dopamine levels in the brain?

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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What natural things can I do to increase dopamine?

What natural things can I do to increase dopamine?

Pleasurable: Pleasurable activities, foods, exercises, images, drinks (careful, I don t mean necessarily "those"...), even sex. Those things you enjoy the most, increase your dopaminergic activity. Wherever your passion is, like my brother says. That is in general. Now, in presence of a disease (like parkinsons), the whole mechanism lacks enough neurotransmitter to make this ideas effective. Consult your dr. ...Read more

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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 to increase dopamine level in brain naturally?

How to increase dopamine level in brain naturally?

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

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How do I increase acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin levels naturally?

How do I increase acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin levels naturally?

Think yours are low?: This is about the nervous system. What makes you think your "levels" are low? Neurotransmitters don't HAVE "levels". They don't just float around or circulate in blood. They're made in the terminal boutons of neurons, released into the synaptic cleft, & immediately either recycled & replaced or taken back up. Neurochemistry isn't just a New Age fad. REAL knowledge is power. Go arm yourself. ...Read more

Dopamine Agonist (Definition)

Dopamine agonists work in a similar fashion to true Dopamine to maintain function in the basal ganglia in parkinson's disease, but also may help restless leg syndrome pts. The class includes requip, ...Read more


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Dopamine (Definition)

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