European Journal of Pharmacology 2003 Oct 8; 478 (2-3):155-9.
Weizman, Pick CG , Backer MM , Rigai T , Bloch M , Schreiber S
Department of Psychiatry, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Antinociceptive effects of various neuroleptics in animal acute pain-models have been described, mediated trough different pathways including the opioid system. In this study, we assessed the antinociceptive effects of the atypical neuroleptic drug amisulpride, which acts as a selective blocker of dopamine D2 and D3 receptors. Furthermore, at low doses amisulpride has a selective preference for presynaptic dopamine autoreceptors, while at high doses it manifests a preferential action at post-synaptic dopamine receptors. We found amisulpride to be a potent antinociceptor agent in the mouse tail-flick assay, with an ED50 of 36.6 mg/kg. This effect was antagonized by naloxone (P