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Old 04-15-07, 11:52 AM
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Well... at some synapses, both norepinephrine and dopamine are released. I believe the NET (norepinephrine transporter) that is responsible for reuptake also is responsible for taking in excessive dopamine (or maybe that's the other way around... DAT -> NE reuptake). But anyway, if you inhibit the reuptake on one, you may be doing it to the other.

So actually, Strattera does have an effect on dopamine.

Dopamine is responsible for motivation and attention, where norepinephrine is responsible for attention and memory (long-term). They are both believed to be important in ADD.

If the medication did not affect dopamine, it probably wouldn't have an impact on one's ability to tune out external distraction. In fact, it would probably be the opposite in that respect.
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