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Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1990 Jan;35(1):237-44.

Fluoxetine reduces intravenous cocaine self-administration in rats.

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Psychiatry Department, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis 55455.


Rats self-administered intravenously delivered cocaine (0.2 mg/kg) under a fixed-ratio (FR) 4 schedule during 24-hr sessions. Water was freely available from both a drinkometer and a standard water bottle. After behavior had stabilized, the rats were injected with fluoxetine HCl at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for 5 consecutive days. Three groups of 5 rats each received a different dose of fluoxetine (2.5, 5 or 10 mg/kg) via the IV cannula. In three other groups of rats a glucose and saccharin solution (G + S) was substituted for water in the automatic drinking device and saline was substituted for cocaine. These three groups of rats received the same fluoxetine doses as the cocaine self-injecting groups. In two additional groups of 5 rats each, the cocaine dose was changed to 0.1 or 0.4 mg/kg, and 5 mg/kg fluoxetine injections were given. The two higher doses of fluoxetine (5 and 10 mg/kg) reduced cocaine infusions (0.2 mg/kg) by at least 50 percent on all 5 days of treatment, and cocaine infusions returned to baseline levels within 48 hr after fluoxetine treatments were terminated. Behavior maintained by the G + S solution was also reduced by the two higher fluoxetine doses; however, this reduction did not reliably occur until the last two days of fluoxetine administration. The G + S intakes returned to baseline levels within 24 hr after fluoxetine treatment. Fluoxetine also reduced cocaine infusions in the group of rats that received the lower unit dose of cocaine (0.1 mg/kg); however, it had almost no effect on behavior maintained by a higher cocaine dose (0.4 mg/kg).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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