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Is there difference between norepinephrine vs. Dopamine?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Catecholamines

These are both catecholamines, synthesized from the Amino Acid tyrosine.
Norepinephrine (ne) acts mainly in an area of your brainstem called the locus coeruleus -- triggering the stress response. Ne is also involved in pain, cognition, mood, emotions, movement and blood pressure. Dopamine is involved in regulating mood, pleasure, delusions, psychosis and drug abuse -- and more.

In brief: Catecholamines

These are both catecholamines, synthesized from the Amino Acid tyrosine.
Norepinephrine (ne) acts mainly in an area of your brainstem called the locus coeruleus -- triggering the stress response. Ne is also involved in pain, cognition, mood, emotions, movement and blood pressure. Dopamine is involved in regulating mood, pleasure, delusions, psychosis and drug abuse -- and more.
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