Descending inhibition in neonatal rat spinal cord: actions of pentobarbital and morphine.

Abstract

Descending inhibition plays an important role in modulating spinal nociceptive neurotransmission. Barbiturates have been suggested to be poor analgesics or anti-analgesic because they block descending inhibition from supraspinal centers to the spinal cord. Opiate analgesics, on the other hand, are postulated to increase descending inhibition. We tested this… (More)

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