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Drugs acting on reward and punishment systems

Heather Ashton

in Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Published in print August 1992 | ISBN: 9780192622426
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724749 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622426.003.0007
Drugs acting on reward and punishment systems

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This chapter describes drugs that exert major actions on reward and punishment systems and are all drugs of dependence. Some have potent effects on pain systems and are of therapeutic importance (narcotic analgesics), but all are also used as recreational agents because of their rewarding properties. Antidepressant drugs and drugs which induce depression also affect reward and punishment systems.

Keywords: reward systems; punishment systems; drug dependence; pain systems; recreational agents; antidepressant drugs; narcotic analgesics

Chapter.  12456 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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