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In spite of intensive research, the problem of treating antidepressant-resistant depressive patients has not yet been solved. The authors previously reported that combined administration of imipramine and the uncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonist amantadine reduced immobility time in the forced swimming test in rats to a much greater extent than either(More)
The effects of MK-801, a non-competitive NMDA receptor antagonist, and of antidepressant drugs were studied in the forced swimming test in rats. MK-801 reduced immobility time. Combined treatment with MK-801 + imipramine induced a stronger effect in Porsolt's test than administration of either drug alone. Citalopram was inactive when given alone but it(More)
Our previous studies demonstrated that joint administration of a tricyclic antidepressant drug, imipramine (IMI) with the uncompetitive antagonist of NMDA receptor, amantadine (AMA), produced stronger "antidepressant" effect in the forced swimming test (Porsolt's test) than the treatment with either of drugs given alone. Since it has been suggested that, in(More)
The present study examined the effects of CGP 37849 and CGP 39551, competitive NMDA receptor antagonists, in the forced swimming test in rats and mice. Administered in a single dose or three times both examined compounds reduced the immobility time in rats. Active doses used in that test either did not change the locomotor activity or decreased it. A(More)
The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of combined treatment of male Wistar rats with pramipexole and fluoxetine or sertraline in the forced swimming test. The obtained results showed that co-treatment with pramipexole (0.1 mg/kg) and fluoxetine (10 mg/kg) or sertraline (5 mg/kg) (in doses inactive per se) exhibited antidepressant-like(More)
Pramipexole (2-amino-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-6-propyl-amino-benzthiazole-dihydrochl oride), a new dopamine receptor agonist with preference for D3 compared to D2 and D4 receptors, was tested in rats in respect of its potential antidepressant activity. In the forced swimming test the drug under study, given three times in rats, reduced the immobility time. In the(More)
In the present study, we investigated the influence of repeated treatment with fluoxetine (FLU, 5 or 10 mg/kg) and amantadine (AMA, 10 mg/kg), given separately or jointly (twice daily for 14 day), at the mRNA level (the Northern blot) in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. The experiment was carried out on male Wistar rats. The tissue for biochemical(More)
The paper describes the effect of amantadine addition to imipramine therapy in patients suffering from treatment-resistant unipolar depression who fulfilled DSM IV criteria for major (unipolar) depression. Fifty patients were enrolled in the study on the basis of their histories of illness and therapy. After a 2-week drug-free period, 25 subjects belonging(More)
The effect of repeated treatment (twice a day for 14 days) with antidepressant drugs (AD): imipramine, amitriptyline, zimelidine, citalopram and mianserin on the behavioural response to apomorphine in rats (open field test) was investigated. AD studied, given alone in a single dose or repeatedly, do not change the rats behaviour. A repeated but not(More)
Strychnine-insensitive glycine site is one of a few binding sites of NMDA receptor complex. The aim of these study was to find out whether compounds regarded as glycine antagonists-kynurenic acid (KA), 7-chlorokynurenic acid (7-CKA), 5,7-dichlorokynurenic acid (5,7-DCKA) evoke the effects analogous to those of the NMDA receptor antagonist, CGP 37849 (or(More)