Monday, 9 February 2015

Reblog RxISK: 'Dopamine & Addiction: Junkies of the Third Age?'

'Dopamine & Addiction: Junkies of the Third Age?' on RxISK.org

"The last set of posts have brought stimulants and dopamine into the frame.  In the 1960s and 1970s while stimulants were becoming controlled drugs it was nevertheless denied that they caused dependence.

Billian James on RxISK.org
It is now clear that the closely related dopamine agonists, increasingly the first line treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, cause a host of compulsive behaviors in addiction to marked dependence and a debilitating withdrawal problem – Dopamine Agonist Withdrawal Syndrome (DAWS).

There were early RxISK posts on the compulsive behaviors linked to dopamine agonists and on DAWS, with the DAWS post attracting a lot of comment. There are also RxISK papers on both Dopamine & Compulsive Behavior and Dopamine & DAWS.

There was an early RxISK story linking antidepressants like Venlafaxine to compulsive behaviors Gambling on Antidepressants and there will be posts on Abilify covering similar ground in weeks to come ..."

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