re- Breakthrough? study finds dopamine cannot be source of pleasure in brain

dag.stenberg at helsinki.nospam.fi dag.stenberg at helsinki.nospam.fi
Tue Mar 23 06:14:35 EST 1999


Cijadrachon <cijadra at zedat.fu-berlin.de> wrote:
> BTW, any way to take dopamine as a drug and if so is there any
> addiction rate worth mentioning to it? Else I guess one could just pop
> it and check what it does.

Dopamine does not pass the blood-brain barrier. That is why patients with
Parkinson's were prescribed l-dopa, which does pass into the brain, and
will then be converted to dopamine in the appropriate spots (i.e. the
neurons that produce and release dopamine).

Dag Stenberg




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