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Why isn't nicotine gum used for mood disorders?

Posted by Prefect on December 18, 2016, at 8:28:17

There's a whole new class of anti-depressants that appear to be effective in treating depression and anxiety by increasing norepinepherine and dopamine. Also, people with mental illness tend to self-medicate by being smokers, since nicotine has regulatory effects on the same neurotransmitters.

I've always wondered why not just use nicotine gum, patch, or lozenge to treat mood disorders? It sound like nicotine has been the original Wellbutrin since the start of time. Surely we have more data on effects of nicotine than all these new drugs...




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