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Acetylsalicylic acid (CAS 50-78-2) (1000 mg orally) was investigated in a non-inflammatory experimental pain model in healthy male volunteers, selected for maximal homogeneity. Phasic pain was induced by intracutaneously applied electrical pulses of constant current. The nociceptive responses measured were, the pain ratings, the cerebral potentials and the(More)
Somatosensory (SEP), auditory evoked potentials (AEP) and power spectral density of ongoing EEG (PSD) were investigated under different drug conditions: the opioid pentazocine (30 mg), the centrally acting non-narcotic analgesic flupirtine (80 mg) and placebo were administered i.v. in a double-blind cross-over study (intersession interval 7 days) with 20(More)
Single trial event-related cerebral potentials (ERPs) in response to skin stimuli of various intensities and qualities in man were investigated in respect to their nociceptive information content. Electrical constant current stimuli (20 msec, 2 - 8 mA) and mechanical force controlled stimuli (20 msec, 0.8 - 3.2 N) were applied to the tip of the left middle(More)
In a homogeneous sample of 20 healthy male students, the analgesic effects of the tricyclic antidepressant imipramine (100 mg) were compared to those of the narcotic meperidine (150 mg) and a further tricyclic compound with assumed analgesic properties (fluradoline, 450 mg). Drugs were orally administered, using a placebo controlled, double-blind repeated(More)
Correlations between the skin reactions wheal and flare and the subjectively reported degree of itch were investigated in response to 1% histamine, intradermally applied by standardized skin prick and by iontophoresis. Experiments were performed with 15 male volunteers using a threefold repeated measures design (skin prick, and iontophoresis with 0.13 mA(More)
Long latency brain potentials were evoked by infrared laser stimuli (LEPs) applied to the right forehead in order to activate the thinnest cutaneous A-delta afferents of the upper branch of the trigeminal nerve thus inducing a painful sensation. Ten healthy male subjects participated in 4 identical subsequent sessions, one week apart, receiving 4 blocks of(More)
In recent papers (8, 12, 13) it has been shown that the analysis of event related brain potentials has become a powerful tool in attempts to quantify pain experience in man. However, the following conditions have to be fulfilled when cerebral potentials are used to measure experimentally induced pain, as well as pain relief under pharmacological treatments:(More)
BACKGROUND Low-dose ketamine has been shown to exert analgesic effects. Whether ketamine-induced pain relief may be quantitated by somatosensory evoked cerebral potentials has not been established. METHODS Thirty healthy volunteers were assigned randomly to one of three groups. Subjects of group 1 (n = 10, control) were given saline as placebo. In groups(More)