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Re: Dopamine & Effexor -- At What Dose???

Posted by anita on July 18, 1999, at 18:30:54

In reply to Re: Dopamine & Effexor -- At What Dose???, posted by DC on July 18, 1999, at 15:29:18

> I've been thinking the same thing about dopamine. Med that has helped me the most is Nardil. I didn't know Prozac had a dopaminergic effect -- thought it was only serotonin. I'm wondering why you didn't mention Wellbutrin since it's the main dopamine raising drug.
> Well, Wellbutrin made me irritable the first two times I tried it, but I'm
taking 100mg now and it hasn't made me irritable yet, but it hasn't done much else
except keep me awake a little more. We'll see. It's kinda unclear whether or not, or how,
Wellbutrin affects dopamine. Amantadine blocks the reuptake in D1 and D2 receptors, as
does pergolide, but bromocriptine blocks the reuptake in D2 only. D2 receptors have been
more implicated in depression than D1.

> > r. Bob had a search feature for the
> > > Psycho-Babble posts, but that's another topic...
> > >
> > > I'm interested in dopamine because the only meds that have had a good effect for
> > > me have had some dopaminergic action (Nardil, Parnate, ritalin, prozac), and for various
> > > reasons I cannot take them. So, for me, I'm pretty convinced dopamine = less depression.
> > > I'm currently taking 225mg Effexor, but I despair of going much higher due to side effects,
> > > and I'm tempted to just give up on it and try Marplan, tho I fear weight gain and excessive
> > > sweating.
> > >
> > > Well, you asked :-)
> > >
> > > --anita
> >
> > Are there medications that act exclusively upon the dopamine pathways that are available to you besides stimulants such as ritalin. I'm curious what the available options are.




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