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Physiol Behav. 1991 Sep;50(3):589-93.

Yohimbine and naloxone: effects on male rat sexual behavior.

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Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska, Omaha.


We evaluated the effects of yohimbine (2 mg/kg) and naloxone (5 mg/kg), separately and in combination, on copulatory behavior in male rats. In Experiment 1, yohimbine evinced decrements in intromission frequency, ejaculation latency, and copulatory efficiency, whereas naloxone administration was followed by an increased ejaculation latency, and the combination of yohimbine plus naloxone was without effect. In Experiment 2, yohimbine evinced decreases in intromission frequency, ejaculation latency, copulatory efficiency in the first, but not subsequent, copulatory series, as well as a decreased latency to sexual exhaustion. Further, treatment with yohimbine alone, naloxone alone, or yohimbine plus naloxone was followed by a reduction in the number of ejaculation prior to sexual exhaustion. Thus, at the doses tested, no synergistic effects were observed for the combination of yohimbine plus naloxone.

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