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Cocaine Addiction Brain Science
Researchers are working to determine how cocaine alters brain chemistry to produce a dependence on the drug. They know that the drug interferes with the normal processing of neurotransmitter chemicals, and the most likely key is dopamine, a pleasure-producing neurotransmitter that is a factor in many kinds of addiction. However, recent research has suggested that cocaine causes changes in the brain’s response to other neurotransmitters such as serotonin, glutamate, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and norepinephrine, too.
As scientists work to develop drugs to treat cocaine addiction, they are focused on compounds that can directly lower the level of neurotransmitters where those levels are elevated by cocaine use. Another approach is the search for a drug that can restore the balance between different neurotransmitters where that balance has been thrown off by long-term cocaine abuse.
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