Happyness for the Brain

Dopamine Drip

Dopamine is one of the key chemicals that is vital to the biological structure and function of the body. This chemical is responsible for many things including telling your body when it should be happy. When a person uses a drug such as methamphetamine the dopamine level is greatly increased. This is what leads a person to feeling good or very happy after they take illegal drugs such as meth or cocaine.  When dopamine is administered and managed by medical professionals for a patient, we would call this a dopamine drip.

How Dopamine Affects the BrainCredit: By NIDA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What is a Dopamine Drip?

Dopamine cannot be injected directly into the bloodstream without being diluted. Apomorphine is a substitute for Dopamine and is used to increase a patient’s dopamine level and for emergencies such as heart attack patients who need a huge boost of dopamine to jumpstart the heart so that it beats normally. Dopamine pills can be taken orally, but heart attack patients need an immediate surge of dopamine levels and this is done by injecting apomorphine or diluted dopamine HCI directly into the bloodstream. Apomorphine can be injected directly into the bloodstream, unlike dopamine which is only injected into the bloodstream for certain reasons such as cardiac failure and even then must be diluted. A dopamine drip refers to when a patient gets an injection of apomorphine or dopamine directly into the bloodstream.

Dopamine drip calculations vary depending in what the condition is. These dopamine drips are used for Dopamine for a Dopamine DripCredit: By Intropin (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commonsmany reasons including when people are dying of heart failure and there is nothing left the doctors can do to save the life.

Dopamine is only administered directly into the bloodstream after it has been diluted.  Over the years dopamine injections have been used for numerous conditions including attempts to cure homosexuality and cocaine addiction. Although there is a lot of evidence to suggest that dopamine treatments drastically help cocaine addicts overcome their addiction, there is little to no evidence to suggest it is successful for "curing" homosexuality. The use of dopamine treatments to to cure homosexuality peaked in the 60’s and most medical professionals no longer think that it is a viable treatment.

A dopamine drip that is administered as an intravenous therapy must be set to have this organic chemical dripped into your system at regular intervals. The doctor may call for the IV drip to automatically give you the fluid at set-times such as every hour. An IV drip of dopamine is the fastest way to get the chemical throughout the entire body system.

Dopamine Administered IntraveneouslyCredit: By K (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAn IV drip should only be administered by medical professionals. This is not something that a person should ever attempt to do on his or her own at home. There are too many variables and only a trained doctor and nurse can understand exactly when you might need a IV drip injection, what to inject, and at what dosage levels.

Getting the dopamine treatment is relatively pain free. The only pain you might get is when the tiny catheter is inserted into your arm or wrist. When the dopamine drip enters directly into your bloodstream you will often feel much happier. If a patient is dying and the doctors cannot do anything else often they will administer a dopamine drip or something similar in stronger doses sometimes combined with morphine to help the person die peacefully and without pain. 

As you can see, legally administered doses of dopamine through an IV or what we would call a dopamine drip must be managed by your medical professional.