Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 1093851

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Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine...

Posted by OPTCKID on January 5, 2017, at 22:06:26

In reply to Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine..., posted by moomin68 on June 20, 2010, at 14:58:24

The reason Wellbutrin reduces nicotine cravings is because it is a nicotine receptor antagonist.

When nicotine receptors are agonized they cause dopamine to flood reward centers of the brain which is what causes the addiction to smoking. Nicotine receptor antagonists block the nicotine from activating the receptors, which prevents the dopamine release.

Anything that increases dopamine and/or enhances the function of dopamine receptors in the reward centers of the brain would cause nicotine to become even more addictive. Vitamin D regulates and enhances dopamine function in these reward centers.

My theory on Wellbutrin and cravings is that you need to take it for at least one year, 300mg xl (extended release). This allows the nicotine receptors to be blocked for a long enough period of time for the neuro circuitry become weakened from prolonged inactivity.

In severe cases a nicotine patch may be applied along with Wellbutrin temporarily. Key word, temporarily. Wean off of them as usual, but stay on the Wellbutrin for a while.

 

Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine...

Posted by rjlockhart37 on January 8, 2017, at 23:55:56

In reply to Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine..., posted by OPTCKID on January 5, 2017, at 22:06:26

yea i was on wellbutrin 3 times, it works as antidepressant - it's a mild stimulant, but it's classified as an antidepressant.....wellbutrin for some people worked wonders, it's like a cup of coffee in the morning, your more awake and content....but others wellbutrin is known for causing anxiety and agitation, it helps focus and motivation but it's not like methyphendiate ... it's a weak-moderate dopamine re-uptake inhibitor, it effects norepinephrine more than dopamine. But it does increase dopamine enough to where you don't crave that reward you get from smoking a ciggerette, it keeps dopamine slightly elevated, but it's not euphoric hardly, just feel content

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bupropion

 

Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine... OPTCKID

Posted by baseball55 on January 9, 2017, at 19:02:04

In reply to Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine..., posted by OPTCKID on January 5, 2017, at 22:06:26

Years ago my husband took buproprion to quit smoking. It was marketed under the band name xyban, I believe.


> The reason Wellbutrin reduces nicotine cravings is because it is a nicotine receptor antagonist.
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> When nicotine receptors are agonized they cause dopamine to flood reward centers of the brain which is what causes the addiction to smoking. Nicotine receptor antagonists block the nicotine from activating the receptors, which prevents the dopamine release.
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> Anything that increases dopamine and/or enhances the function of dopamine receptors in the reward centers of the brain would cause nicotine to become even more addictive. Vitamin D regulates and enhances dopamine function in these reward centers.
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> My theory on Wellbutrin and cravings is that you need to take it for at least one year, 300mg xl (extended release). This allows the nicotine receptors to be blocked for a long enough period of time for the neuro circuitry become weakened from prolonged inactivity.
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> In severe cases a nicotine patch may be applied along with Wellbutrin temporarily. Key word, temporarily. Wean off of them as usual, but stay on the Wellbutrin for a while.


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