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A dopamine agonist is a compound that activates dopamine receptors, mimicking the effect of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Some medical drugs act as dopamine agonists; they are typically used for treating Parkinson's disease and certain pituitary tumors (prolactinomas), and may be useful for restless legs syndrome (RLS). Both Requip (Ropinirole) and Mirapex (Pramipexole) are FDA approved for the treatment of RLS.

There is also an ongoing clinical trial to test the effectiveness of Requip (ropinirole), a dopamine agonist, in reversing the symptoms of SSRI induced sexual dysfunction. [1]

Examples[edit | edit source]

Examples of dopamine agonists include:

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NCT00334048 - "Treating Sexual Dysfunction From SSRI Medication: a Study Comparing Requip CR to Placebo"
  2. FDA Announces Voluntary Withdrawal of Pergolide Products

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