Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Online ISSN : 1347-8648
Print ISSN : 1347-8613
ISSN-L : 1347-8613
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Milnacipran Inhibits Itch-Related Responses in Mice Through the Enhancement of Noradrenergic Transmission in the Spinal Cord
Tsugunobu AndohYoshikazu GotohYasushi Kuraishi
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2013 Volume 123 Issue 2 Pages 199-202


We investigated whether milnacipran, a serotonin–noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, exhibits an antipruritic effect through the spinal action in mice. Intrathecal injections of milnacipran (0.1 – 10 μg/site) significantly suppressed serotonin-induced biting, which is an itch-related response. However, such an effect was not observed with fluvoxamine (10 μg/site), which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Furthermore, an intraperitoneal injection of milnacipran (10 mg/kg) inhibited serotonin-induced biting. When phentolamine (1.0 μg/site), a non-selective α-adrenoceptor antagonist, was intrathecally injected, it inhibited the above response of milnacipran. These results suggest that milnacipran suppresses itching through the inhibition of noradrenaline reuptake in the spinal cord.

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