Journal article

REVERSIBLE INHIBITION OF NEURONAL UPTAKE BY BENEXTRAMINE, AN IRREVERSIBLE PRESYNAPTIC ALPHA-ADRENOCEPTOR ANTAGONIST

MJ LEW, JA ANGUS

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1984

Abstract

Benextramine, a covalently binding alpha-adrenoceptor blocking agent, potentiated the action of noradrenaline but not isoprenaline in guinea pig isolated right atria. This potentiation was probably caused by inhibition of neuronal uptake. When the benextramine was washed from the tissues for 60 min, no potentiation of the action of noradrenaline was observed. This easily reversed inhibition of neuronal uptake by benextramine contrasts with the effects of desipramine and phenoxybenzamine because the potentiating effect of these drugs was unaffected by 60 min of washing. The presence of benextramine also caused a small tachycardia in both rabbit and guinea pig right atria which was probably du..

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