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Article re: drug addiction and dopamine?

Posted by Stellaz on February 19, 2003, at 21:08:58

Hi - I just read the linked article about the discovery that numerous addictive substances all appear to stimulate dopamine release in the brain:

I just started a prescription for ReQuip which my doc prescribed to improve the sexual side effects I've had with Lexapro. He explained that it is a dopamine aganist - which sounds to my uneducated ear as though it serves the same purpose as the addictive drugs referenced in the article. I'd been taking 150 mg of Wellbutrin but made me too anxious. Anyway, I find that I've been smoking ALOT recently - is it possible that the ReQuip will help me cut down on smoking by providing the same dopamine release?

Also, I'd love to hear any experiences with Lexapro, ReQuip, sexual dysfunction etc. Although I was hospitalized in 2000 for major depression I haven't been really good about continuing med treatment and thus find myself rather uninformed. I am going to start taking fish oil though! Thanks!




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