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Naltrexon and lupus

O Onigbogi, A A Ajayi, O E Ukponmwan
Chloroquine is commonly used in the chemotherapy of malaria fever, and as an antiinflammatory disease-modifying agent in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. Administration of chloroquine (20.0 mg/kg IP) significantly (p < 0.05) increased the frequency of body scratching in rats to 29.5+/-9 in 30 min, compared to saline control animals (6.5+/-2/30 min). Morphine, a mu-opiate receptor agonist (1.0 mg/kg IP), potentiated the chloroquine-induced rat body scratching to 40+/-6.6, while the mu-opiate receptor antagonist, naltrexone (0...
February 2000: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
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