How much does chocolate stimulate adrenergic receptors?
June 11, 2010 10:28 PM Subscribe
NeuroscienceFilter: How much does chocolate stimulate adrenergic receptors?
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I am extremely sensitive to any medication that has an effect on adrenergic receptors, including adrenergic agonists (pseudoephedrine, clonidine, oxymetazoline), SNRIs (duloxetine), TCAs (amitriptyline), and methylphenidate. Even taking Afrin nasally gave me various central side effects, some of which were bothersome and long-lasting. I'm working with my doctor to figure out why.
I've cut chocolate out of my diet because it contains the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. I know the adrenergic effect of these chemicals is probably small, but I'm having a hard time quantifying it. If it's Does anyone know how to estimate how a milk chocolate bar would compare to a pill of Elavil or Ritalin in terms of adrenergic stimulation?