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What happens if someone is born with with a defect in which their body doesn't produce a crucial neurotransmitter like gaba? Is there a fix for it?
A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the ...Read more
GABA receptor: Like many ligands, gaba binds to its specific receptor, the gaba receptor (with several subtypes). Depending on the location of the gaba receptor, binding of gaba modulates various signaling pathways in the body. Note that gaba receptors are also found in organs outside of the brain. ...Read more
I will have a urine and blood neurotransmitter test.I am taking 1mg of klonopin (clonazepam) daily.Since it acts on GABA will it influence the test's GABA levels ?
Probably, however: I can't answer with certainty as there is no research on it, but Klonopin (clonazepam) should affect levels of gaba. However, i'm highly skeptical about the usefulness of information given by neurotransmitter tests. See http://www.Primalbody-primalmind.Com/the-whacky-wild-and-misleading-world-of-neurotransmitter-testing/ ; http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/qaa400661/neurotransmitters-what-tests-work-best.Html. ...Read more
Comments: Why do you view a need to "increase my neurotransmitters", do you have a degenerative neurological condition? In Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. we do have a Multi-Neurotransmitter Deficiency problem, and we have drugs to enhance and stabilize the imbalances. ...Read more
Which acids?: And which neurotransmitters? And in what clinical context are you asking the question because I can't really think of a good scenario where"acids" would be able to be exposed to neurotransmitters in a person unless their entire body is in a fulminant acidotic state with no compensation occurring and that is generally not compatible with life....so maybe a little more information would help? ...Read more
Consensus is: that neurotransmitters affect our subjective experiences--feelings and thoughts, and lots of other mental events (pain, sensorimotor impressions, taste, vision, hearing, vestibular functions; you name it). If the hardware is in place, then external events can produce reactions in them, so subjectively it seems that emotions and thoughts trigger internal states. Its probably a two-way street. ...Read more
Multiple transmitter: Pain is complicated and multiple neurotransmitters modulate pain. Not to confuse you but they include substance P, norepinephrine, VIP, endorphins, serotonin, somatostatin, CGRP, GABA, glutamate, cholecystokinin, and nitric oxide and there are just as many, if not more, receptors. As you can see, the regulation of pain is very complex with multiple etiologies. ...Read more
No, not exactly: While structurally related to the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, theanine only has weak affinity for the glutamate receptor on postsynaptic cells. rather, its primary effect seems to increase the overall level of the brain inhibitory transmitter gaba. Source:en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/theanine. ...Read more