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Pharmacodynamics of addictive substances 

Pharmacodynamics of addictive substances
Chapter:
Pharmacodynamics of addictive substances
Source:
Addiction (Oxford Psychiatry Library)
Author(s):

Professor David J. Nutt

and Dr Liam J. Nestor

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199685707.003.0006

Pharmacodynamics refers to the effect of substances on the body

The pharmacodynamics effects of substances take place at receptors

Agonists mimic the effects of neurotransmitters at receptors

Antagonists block the effects of neurotransmitters at receptors

Addictive substances can alter brain pharmacodynamics

Brain pharmacodynamics can be influenced by genetics

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