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simplistic hypotheses about drug mechanisms

Posted by Pavel on May 25, 1999, at 11:16:40

In theory, would a beta-adrenergic blocker block the peripheral stimulation of CNS stimulants such as Ritalin, while leaving its effects on the brain unhindered?

I take Ritalin for ADD but don't enjoy the peripheral effects on my cardiovascular system. It seems that beta-blockers would cancel out these peripheral effects. Is my thinking correct?

How about other stimulants such as ephedrine? Since epedrine's effects are primarily peripheral, would a beta-blocker cancel out these effects, netting in an effect in the brain only?

This I ask just out of curiosity, to see if I understand these drug mechanisms clearly.




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