Title

Feline analgesia following central administration of opioids

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1984

Abstract

Activity of opioids in cats was assessed by employing the tail-flick method. Microinjection of morphine (100 μg) or etorphine (2.5 μg) into the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (VLPAG) region resulted in significant analgesia. Smaller doses of morphine (10 and 50 μg) or etorphine (0.62 and 1.25 μg) were without significant effect. Methadone likewise produced no significant analgesic action in doses as large as 360 μg in the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray. Rank order potency, i.e. etorphine > morphine >> methadone, was similar following systemic administration. Increased latency of tail-flick response after injection of etorphine was diminished by administration of naloxone, either systemically or centrally, thus indicating a specific opiate-mediated response. © 1984.

Publication Title

Neuropharmacology

Volume

23

Issue

8

First Page

925

Last Page

929

Comments

This article was published in Toxicology and applied pharmacology, Volume 25, Issue 4, Pages 525-533.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0041-008X(73)90021-5.

Copyright © 1973.

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