Potentiation of the antidepressant-like effect of desipramine or reboxetine by metyrapone in the forced swimming test in rats

Zofia Rogóż
2009 Pharmacological Reports  
The obtained results revealed that joint administration of desipramine or reboxetine and metyrapone (a glucocorticoid synthesis inhibitor) had more potent antidepressant-like activity in the forced swimming test (FST) in rats compared to treatment with either drug alone. WAY 100636 (a 5-HT ) antagonist), and prazosin (an a -adrenergic antagonist), used in doses ineffective in the FST, inhibited the antidepressant-like effect induced by co-administration of desipramine (10 mg/kg) or reboxetine
more » ... kg) or reboxetine (10 mg/kg) and metyrapone (50 mg/kg). The above-mentioned findings suggest that, among other mechanisms, the 5-HT ) and a -adrenergic receptors may play a role in this effect. Furthermore, they may be of particular importance to the pharmacotherapy of drug-resistant depression.
doi:10.1016/s1734-1140(09)70180-x pmid:20081253 fatcat:pk5eneqmrrcirme5er2nfyukdi