How can I increase my dopamine levels without opiates?
July 29, 2008 6:23 PM Subscribe
Are there any natural substances that will stimulate the production of dopamine? Specifically, for someone who is in the late stages of a decreasing suboxone regimen, and is experiencing regular early-stage withdrawal symptoms?
posted by itzfritz to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am 8 months into a 1-year suboxone regimen for opiate addiction, and as my dosage decreases (currently @ 4mg, from 24) I find myself in the beginning stages of withdrawal on a daily basis (as the level of buprenorphine subsides at the end of the day).
Specifically, my entire body aches from about dinner time until I take my prescribed dosage the next morning; it is an all-over ache, and it is genuinely starting to impact my life negatively. Even with aspirin or advil and muscle cream, it causes me considerable pain to for instance get up from a chair, up from my bed in the morning, or into and out of a car.
I have been told by my doctor that this is definitely a symptom of withdrawal, as opposed to arthritis or some other ailment.
Does anyone know a compound that will affect the dopamine level in my body, such as a homeopathic remedy or herb? Or even specific low-impact exercises (I am overweight with bad knees)?
Thank you very much.