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BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetics and tolerability of single doses of the dual orexin receptor antagonist almorexant in Japanese and Caucasian healthy male subjects (n = 10 in each group, body weight matched ±5%). METHODS Almorexant (200 mg) was administered in the morning in the fasted state. The pharmacokinetic(More)
The connective tissue disorders are a protean group of acquired diseases which have in common widespread immunologic and inflammatory alterations of connective tissue. The acquired connective tissue diseases generally include the following clinical entities: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis, polyarteritis nodosa, scleroderma,(More)
Almorexant is a dual orexin receptor antagonist (DORA) with sleep-enabling effects in humans. Insomnia is often associated with mental health problems, including depression. Hence, potential interactions with antidepressants deserve attention. Desipramine was selected as a model drug because it is mainly metabolized by CYP2D6, which is inhibited by(More)
Obese subjects show a subnormal growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) release in response to a variety of stimuli. Fenfluramine, an anorexiant drug used in obesity therapy, may have some effects on hypothalamic-pituitary function mediated by serotoninergic stimulation. The present investigation in obese subjects was carried out to study the effects of(More)
Pre-clinical experiments have shown that almorexant, a dual orexin receptor antagonist, is able to inhibit cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). Therefore, a study was conducted to investigate the effects of multiple-dose almorexant on the pharmacokinetics of midazolam and simvastatin, two CYP3A4 model substrates. Fourteen healthy male subjects were enrolled in an(More)
In order to verify the immunostimulant effect of thymus humoral factors, a bovine thymic extract (TP 1-Thymostimulin) was given to 9 patients affected by primary immunodeficiency (mild deficit T/B combined) and to 8 patients affected by acquired immunodeficiency because of old age, lung neoplasm or with recurrent herpes simplex labialis. 6 patients affected(More)
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