Sumary of Study suggests that increased serotonin level can prevent cocaine addiction:
- Elevated levels of serotonin can prevent the development of compulsive cocaine-seeking and addiction, according to a recent report by a team of international researchers.
- Listen to this article Elevated levels of serotonin can prevent the development of compulsive cocaine-seeking and addiction in mice, according to a recent report by a team of international researchers.
- Here’s what the study has to say Like other addictive drugs, cocaine acts by blocking the reuptake of key neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, resulting in its euphoric effects.
- However, not all who use the drug become addicted – only about 20 per cent of cocaine users lose control and continue to compulsively use the drug despite adverse consequences.
- What makes some users susceptible to addiction risk isn’t well known.
- Image courtesy: Shutterstock Previous studies have suggested that the differential efficacy of the brain serotonin system could play a role in developing a cocaine addiction, the relevant brain circuits and processes that underly the transition from casual to compulsive use remain elusive.