How does blocking the release of dopamine treat psychosis?
- THE BANNIBAL ONELv 73 weeks agoFavourite answer
The mainstay of dopamine blockers is treatment of schizophrenia. Anti-psychotic medications are the largest group of dopamine blockers on the market today. Clozapine (sold as Clozaril, Leponex) is a commonly prescribed anti-psychotic medication to treat this condition.
- LizLv 63 weeks ago
Physicians did not know how the drugs worked. But it appeared that they blocked the brain’s receptors that normally take up a chemical called dopamine. When the activity of dopamine was thus inhibited, some patients improved. When drugs were given that enhanced the action of dopamine in the brain, patients often became worse. A window was thus opened into the chemistry of mental illness.