Cortisol and response to dexamethasone as predictors of withdrawal distress and abstinence success in smokers.

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BACKGROUND Glucocorticoids have been linked to self-administration of a wide range of drugs in animals and are increased endogenously by chronic nicotine intake. Corticosteroids have also been shown to regulate nicotine receptor sensitivity and to be involved in behavioral sensitization to nicotine. METHODS Cortisol levels and cortisol suppression in… (More)

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