Antinociceptive activity induced by tizanidine and α2-adrenoreceptors

T. Nabeshima, K. Matsuno, A. Sugimoto, T. Kameyama

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Tizanidine [5-chloro-4-(2-imidazolin-2-yl-amino)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole] is able to increase the pain threshold in the tail-flick test in mice. The effect of tizanidine was investigated after treatment of mice with drugs influencing central monoaminergic and GABAergic mechanisms. A drug that inhibits the synthesis and storage of monoamines and drugs that cause specific lesions of monoaminergic neurons had no consistent effect on the antinociceptive action of tizanidine. The action of tizanidine was antagonized by the α2-adrenoreceptor antagonist, yohimbine, but not by the α1 antagonist prazosin, nor by dopamine, serotonin and GABA receptor antagonists. These results indicate that the antinociceptive action induced by tizanidine may be mediated by α2-adrenoreceptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1453-1455
Number of pages3
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10-1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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