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Interactions between iboga agents and methamphetamine sensitization: studies of locomotion and stereotypy in rats.

RATIONALE: The phenomenon of sensitization has been theoretically implicated in mediating various aspects of drug addiction. Recent dose-response studies demonstrated that pretreatment with the putative antiaddictive agent, ibogaine (IBO), and a synthetic iboga alkaloid congener, 18-methoxycoronaridine (18-MC), increase the potency of cocaine to elicit behavioral sensitization, an effect proposed to contribute, in part, to their ability to attenuate drug self-administration. OBJECTIVES: As abuse of the methylated amphetamine derivative, methamphetamine (METH), is a growing public health concern, the present study determined the interactions between IBO and 18-MC and the expression of METH-induced behavioral sensitization. METHODS: The effects of pretreatment with 18-MC (40 mg/kg, IP, 19 h earlier) on the expression of METH-induced locomotion (0, 0.25, 0.5, 1 and 2 mg/kg, IP) and the effects of pretreatment with either IBO or 18-MC on the expression of METH-induced stereotypy (2 and 4 mg/kg, IP) were assessed in rats treated chronically with either METH (4 mg/kg daily for 7 days) or saline. RESULTS: Compared to vehicle-pretreated controls, 18-MC produced an overall enhancement in METH-induced locomotion in rats treated chronically, but not acutely, with METH. In addition, both iboga agents increased the stereotypic response to METH. CONCLUSIONS: Iboga agents augment both the locomotor and stereotypic effects of METH in a manner consistent with previous reports for cocaine. Thus, it appears that iboga agents interact in a similar manner with the neural mechanisms mediating motor hyperactivity induced by the chronic administration of stimulant drugs.[1]


  1. Interactions between iboga agents and methamphetamine sensitization: studies of locomotion and stereotypy in rats. Szumlinski, K.K., Balogun, M.Y., Maisonneuve, I.M., Glick, S.D. Psychopharmacology (Berl.) (2000) [Pubmed]
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