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Life Sci. 1989;45(17):1529-35.

Differential effects of the pharmacological manipulation of serotonin systems on cocaine and amphetamine self-administration in rats.

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Preclinical Pharmacology Branch and Neuroscience Branch, NIDA Addiction Research Center, Baltimore, MD 21224.


The effects of the administration of serotonergic drugs on infusion rates of rats self-administering cocaine and amphetamine on an FR-10 schedule of reinforcement in daily 4 hour sessions were compared. Pretreatment with fluoxetine (2.5, 5, and 10 mg/kg), an inhibitor of serotonin reuptake, significantly decreased rates of responding maintained by amphetamine, but had no effect on responding maintained by cocaine at any of the doses tested. Pretreatment with cinanserin (3, 10, and 17.5 mg/kg), a serotonergic receptor antagonist, decreased rates of amphetamine self-administration at the highest dose tested, and also had no effect on cocaine self-administration. These data suggest a differential sensitivity of cocaine and amphetamine self-administration to pharmacological manipulation of central serotonin systems. They are consistent with biochemical data which demonstrates a negative correlation between the reinforcing potency of amphetamine-like drugs, but not cocaine-like drugs and their potency at serotonin binding sites.

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