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Is there a way to test for suspected under- or malabsorption of antidepressant or atypical anti-psychotic medication? Can all be tested the same way?

Is there a way to test for suspected under- or malabsorption of antidepressant or atypical anti-psychotic medication?  Can all be tested the same way?

Psychopharmacogenomi: the recent introduction of testing for genetic profile and how meds are absorbed, transported & utilized by the body has been of great help in recognizing and identifying patients that either rapidly or slowly metabolize medications. so testing can shed light on how your body handles these meds and give some guidance ( not definitive) in using meds in your case. good luck and feel better ...Read more

Receptor (Definition)

An organ, cell or molecule that accepts an outside signal and causes an internal change. Eyes receive light, touch receptors send messages to the brain when stimulated by pressure and estrogen receptors bind Estradiol causing responses of normal breast, ovary and uterus cells to rising and falling levels of the female steroid hormones. Most of the time "receptor" refers to one ...Read more


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Does the atypical anti-psychotic medication, abilify, increase the risks of seizures occuring in young adults? I'm concerned that the current medication i'm taking, abilify, may be inducing my seizures that i'm having, but when i asked the primary doctor,

Does the atypical anti-psychotic medication, abilify, increase the risks of seizures occuring in young adults? I'm concerned that the current medication i'm taking, abilify, may be inducing my seizures that i'm having, but when i asked the primary doctor,

Combinations: One of the more uncommon slide effect does include seizures. It should be used with caution if you already have seizures since it lowers the seizure threshold (makes it easier to have a seizure). I would ask a neurologist if taking Abilify (aripiprazole) is the safe or not for you. ...Read more

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If a certain meditation releases a lot of dopamine/serotonin, etc; is there a probability that overdoing it could down-regulate receptors in my brain?

If a certain meditation releases a lot of dopamine/serotonin, etc; is there a probability that overdoing it could down-regulate receptors in my brain?

Serontinergic: Receptors do down regulate when a medication is used, they up regulate when there is no seratonin. Down regulation of Dopamine receptors does occur in cases of abuse with cocaine, high dose amphetamine , etc, not with common medications for mood. Also people may have different levels of receptors without meds, thrill seekers needing more Dopamine release to feel a charge, . ...Read more

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Why do anti psychotics block dopamine receptors? Dosent dopamine make you feel relaxed? Seems like they do more harm than good.

Why do anti psychotics block dopamine receptors? Dosent 
dopamine make you feel relaxed? Seems like they do more
harm than good.

Good question: Its true but theoretically, they are meant to be used only for patients who have abnormally high Dopamine activity so that it can be normalized. ...Read more

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Could psychosis be a dopamine receptor deficiency?

Could psychosis be a dopamine receptor deficiency?

Probably not: Psychosis is definitely associated with alterations in Dopamine system. However it seems to be increased release of Dopamine rather than reduced receptors. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics up regulate or down regulate dopamine receptors? I heard withdrawal can cause super sensitivity psychosis. Do the receptors lower?

Antipsychotic meds: There are different "generations" of antipsychotic medications. Many antipsychotic medications have antagonistic effects at a specific receptors, such as the D1, D2, D3 receptors. Even 5HT1a specific receptors related to Serotonin can be effected. It is important to know that different antipsychotic medications can have different effects on difference receptors. More specific info is needed. ...Read more

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Which part of the brain uses serotonin and dopamine?

Which part of the brain uses serotonin and dopamine?

Everywhere: Both are found throughout the brain, but more common in the limbic or emotional part of the brain ...Read more

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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


Serotonin (Definition)

Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating ...Read more