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Glutamate is an amino acid which acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.

It is believed that some psychoactive drugs work by changing the amount of glutamate in the brain.

These include

  • some NMDA receptor antagonists such as memantine
  • some anticonvulsants such as sodium valproate
  • some antitussives such as dextromethorphan

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