Low dopamine symptoms

I have most of these and the cause is my antipsychotic:

"Some signs and symptoms of conditions related to a dopamine deficiency include:

  • muscle cramps, spasms, or tremors
  • aches and pains
  • stiffness in the muscles
  • loss of balance
  • constipation
  • difficulty eating and swallowing
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • frequent pneumonia
  • trouble sleeping or disturbed sleep
  • low energy
  • an inability to focus
  • moving or speaking more slowly than usual
  • feeling fatigued
  • feeling demotivated
  • feeling inexplicably sad or tearful
  • mood swings
  • feeling hopeless
  • having low self-esteem
  • feeling guilt-ridden
  • feeling anxious
  • suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm
  • low sex drive
  • hallucinations
  • delusions
  • lack of insight or self-awareness"

Too much or too low dopamine can cause these it seems.

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Yeah I have a lot of those side effects on that list too.
But without my risperdal I become a delusional and paranoid mess!

I guess I am going to have to live with the side effects.


I could probably go as low as 3mg
But I don’t think I’ll do it now.

Maybe by this Summer.

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All the docs care about is that you are not a danger to yourself or others. If keeping you as a vegetable is what it takes then it is ok by them.

The whole premise of sz is taken from excessive dopamine causes psychosis and they can’t have psychotics hanging around, so these consequences are considered worth it.


You’re a rockstar! You can do it! :hugs:

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Thanks @JustTrish!

I have some of those symptoms but i had those even before antipsychotic treatment specially the focus one adhd is also linked to lack of dopamine id like to test for that but dont think it would be worse it since they probably woudnt give me estimulante mayor if they give me wellbutrin…

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I eat a whole can of white/navy beans each day for neurotransmitters since they have lot of copper etc and my negatives are low now.
If you do, make sure you cook them well so that they are easily digestable.

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Ah jeez what a mess of a reply stupid phone :rofl:

I have a lot of these. Guess that explains why I’m on a dopamine agonist?

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I’m on levodopa/carbidopa. So far I don’t have any psychosis.

And yes, this is the reason why people with Parkinson’s disease have psychosis. They have very little dopamine.

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Thanks, didn’t think about that.

I might be wrong though. From what I know, this differs from case by case but some people with Parkinson’s have behavioural symptoms as well.

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My understanding is that schizophrenia is a syndrome of excess dopamine in some parts of the brain, and deficiency of dopamine in others, the latter especially in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Some antipsychotics increase dopamine release in the PFC in lab animals.


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Most ap’s kill serotonin and dopamine I believe. There’s not a lot to do about it. I tried supplementing with herbs that raise serotonin, but then the ap stopped working and I had to go to a even higher dose of ap’s.

So lately I’ve been focusing on other brain factors like taurine, gaba and melatonin.

I have a theory that the ap’s also impedes many other factors in the brain unintentionally while they are targeting serotonin and dopamine. For example melatonin is made from serotonin, so that’s a unintentional negative effect.

So I have been supplementing with gaba and taurine for a little while and they seem to make me more normal, less anxious, and more able to relax in the daytime too. Only possible noticable side effect so far is that I get some slight tremors in one or two fingers from time to time.

Melatonin I’ve been taking on and off for some years. It seems to be safe and improves sleep.

None of these things will cure anything, but can perhaps make things a little better for some people.

I will post more about taurine and gaba when I have tried it long term.

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