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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...

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...
Any medication. Can cause some problems in any given patient, but what problems are you specifically concerned about? Read more...

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...

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...

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...
Maybe, maybe not. It could be the ropinirole itself or it could be an "inert" ingredient in the formulation, especially if it's Requip XL. The only problem I've seen with the rotigotine patch (Neupro) is failure to stick or local allergy to the adhesive. But I notice that you're 39. At your age, consider DBS sooner rather than later. If your brain progresses past the DOPA-responsive stage, DBS won't work. Read more...