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Eur J Pharmacol. 1992 Dec 8;229(1):101-3.

Fluvoxamine preferentially increases extracellular 5-hydroxytryptamine in the raphe nuclei: an in vivo microdialysis study.

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Department of Neurochemistry, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Eur J Pharmacol 1993 Mar 2;232(2-3):326.


The effects of systemic administration of fluvoxamine on extracellular serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) concentrations in the frontal cortex and raphe nuclei of freely moving rats were examined. Fluvoxamine significantly increased extracellular 5-HT concentrations in both regions at the two doses used (1 and 10 mg/kg i.p.). However, the increase in the raphe nuclei was several-fold that in the frontal cortex. Dialysate 5-HIAA concentrations decreased after treatment with fluvoxamine. These results confirm that 5-HT uptake inhibitors preferentially increase extracellular concentrations of 5-HT in the vicinity of cell bodies and dendrites of serotonergic neurones.

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