Journal article

Gastric mucosal adaptation to diclofenac injury

MV Skeljo, GA Cook, SL Elliott, AS Giraud, ND Yeomans

DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES | PLENUM PUBL CORP | Published : 1996

Abstract

Adaptation occurs to the gastric injury produced by nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs during continued dosing. The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of this phenomenon that might help in the search for underlying mechanisms. The time frame for onset and offset of adaptation of diclofenac (damage assessed planimetrically) was examined in rats. Adaptation to oral diclofenac took three to five days to develop, and persisted for up to five days after the last dose. It was also demonstrable after subcutaneous dosing or when injury was measured by a change in mucosal potential difference. Diclofenac-adapted rats were protected against injury induced by subsequent exposure to etha..

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