Subjects underwent testing for PPI on two occasions: once after the oral administration of a placebo and once after the oral administration of procyclidine in two separate experiments. Experiment 1 examined the effects of 10 mg procyclidine, whereas experiment 2 examined the effects of 15 mg procyclidine.
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is an adverse reaction to dopamine receptor antagonists, characterised by hyperpyrexia, extrapyramidal rigidity and impaired autonomic function. It might result from central dopamine receptor blockade that causes severe muscle contraction.
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After intraperitoneal administration of procyclidine, eight metabolites were isolated from rat urine. They were identified as 1-(4-oxocyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol, 1-(cis-4-hydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol, 1-(trans-4-hydrocyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol , (1R,3R,4S,7R)- and (1R,3R,4S,7S)-1-(cis-3,cis-4-dihydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-py rrolidinyl)- 1-propanol, (1R,3R,4R,7R)- and (1R,3R,4R,7S)-1-(cis-3,trans-4-dihydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl- 3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol, and one of both (1R,3S,4R,7R)- or (1R,3S,4R,7S)- 1-(trans-3,trans-4-dihydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl )-1-propanol by comparative TLC, GLC-MS and 13C-NMR spectroscopy.
1 Procyclidine resembles hyoscine in enhancing the effects of amphetamine on ipsiversive turning by mice with a unilateral central dopamine lesion. 2 The stereospecific index for procyclidine is not greater than 10, in contrast to 173 for acetylcholine receptors in ileum from the same mice. 3 This suggests that although the central effects of procyclidine in this test involve acetylcholine receptors similar to those at peripheral sites, they cannot be identical with them unless there are differences at some secondary site, for example, if the weaker enantiomer were a stronger inhibitor of dopamine uptake or if there were a stereoselective uptake process for procyclidine itself.
Procyclidine (up to 20 mg/kg i.p.) did not influence the electroconvulsive threshold per se, but when given in a dose of 10 mg/kg, it potentiated the protective activity of carbamazepine, diphenylhydantoin, phenobarbital and valproate, and in a dose of 20 mg/kg, that of diazepam against maximal electroshock-induced convulsions in mice. Ifenprodil increased the threshold for electroconvulsions when applied at 20 and 40 mg/kg (i.p.), but surprisingly, when combined with all antiepileptics tested, it did not influence their anticonvulsant actions. The chimney test in mice revealed, that application of procyclidine at 10 mg/kg together with phenobarbital and valproate, and procyclidine at 20 mg/kg with diazepam resulted in motor impairment. However, when procyclidine was applied at 10 mg/kg together with carbamazepine or diphenylhydantoin, no motor impairment was noted. The combined treatment of procyclidine (10 mg/kg) with carbamazepine, diphenylhydantoin, phenobarbital or valproate, as well as procyclidine (20 mg/kg) with diazepam caused significant worsening of long-term memory. Finally, procyclidine did not alter the total plasma levels of carbamazepine, diazepam, diphenylhydantoin, phenobarbital and valproate. It may be concluded that not all agents interfering with NMDA receptor complex-mediated events lead to the potentiation of the anticonvulsant activity of antiepileptic drugs.
Changes in the hippocampal theta rhythm were used as a model in which anticonvulsant drugs may be screened for their potential to antagonize soman-induced (1xLD(50)) seizures. The zinc chelator, ethylenediaminetetra acetic acid (EDTA) (300mg/kg), and the NMDA receptor antagonist, HA-966 (60mg/kg), both disrupted the theta rhythm, but did not antagonize soman-induced seizures, neither separately, nor in combination. The anticholinergic and antiglutamatergic procyclidine (6mg/kg) did not influence the theta activity. The GABAergic agonists, diazepam (10mg/kg) and pentobarbital (30mg/kg), both reduced the theta frequency. Procyclidine, diazepam, and pentobarbital did not stop soman-induced seizures when administered separately, but both convulsions and seizure activity terminated when these agents were given together, and the rats slept through the critical convulsion period. This triple therapy was 100% effective, when administered 30-40min following onset of convulsions, and the rats displayed apparently normal behavior the next day. A screening model of potential anticonvulsants cannot be based on alterations in hippocampal EEG activity. Procyclidine, diazepam, and pentobarbital in combination disrupted the theta rhythm like the combination of EDTA and HA-966, but the latter combination did not have anticonvulsant effect. It is concluded that a triple regimen consisting of procyclidine, diazepam, and pentobarbital can effectively terminate soman-induced seizures that have lasted 30min or more.
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Forty-nine schizophrenic outpatients stabilized on oral antipsychotic medication and procyclidine received 12.5 mg or 18.75 mg of fluphenazine enanthate or fluphenazine decanoate and were examined for extrapyramidal side effects one and two weeks later. Extrapyramidal side effects were present in 30 patients (61%) but were clinically significant in only 11 (22%). Fluphenazine enanthate produced more clinically significant extrapyramidal symptoms, particularly akathisia, than did fluphenazine decanoate.
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Constipation is an exceedingly common side effect of treatment with clozapine. In rare cases, this side effect has resulted in fatal complications.
While dysphoria is a well-recognized reaction in healthy volunteers, it is probably insufficiently recognised in patients, particularly if it occurs in the absence of akathisia. Better detection could improve compliance in patients.
The post-column chemiluminescent reaction of six anticholinergic alkaloid compounds with tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(III) (Ru(bpy)3(3+)) is applied to microbore high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). At flow rates less than 200 microL/min, the capillary mixing cell in which Ru(bpy)3(3+) and the analyte are mixed directly allows for good light detection. In contrast, a diminished signal occurs at these low flow rates with conventional post-column mixing in a tee. Optimal chemiluminescent pH conditions for atropine, scopolamine, dicyclomine, cyclopentolate, cyclobenzaprine, and procyclidine are determined at moderately basic conditions (pH 7 to 9). 2-Butanone is found to be compatible with the chemiluminescent reaction, whereas tetrahydrofuran and propionitrile cause an increase in background noise and a chemiluminescent signal loss. As 2-butanone is more nonpolar than acetonitrile, it assists in the elution of these hydrophobic anticholinergic compounds. Five anticholinergic compounds are resolved successfully with a PRP-1 polymeric column and a slightly basic mobile phase, but a C8 silica column is better suited for the more hydrophobic compounds (cyclobenzaprine, procyclidine, and dicyclomine).
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The two antiparkinsonian drugs procyclidine and benzhexol are presently finding considerable favor for their euphoric hallucinogenic effects among drug abusers in some countries. In anticipation of their possible scheduling in national drug laws, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) methods for their detection in urine will be required. However, because of uncertainty of the metabolic fate of the two drugs in humans, the urinary target analytes for GC-MS detection were not well defined. The problem was addressed in the present study in which it was found that mono-hydroxy metabolites, where hydroxylation took place at the cyclohexane ring in both drugs, could be endorsed as the major target analytes. The metabolites could only be detected as the mono- and/or di-trimethylsilyl (TMS) derivatives. The predominance of either derivative depended on the temperature and time of heating with the derivatizing reagent. Because of the basic properties of the hydroxy metabolites, analytic method optimization was needed for their detection in urine included extraction under basic pH conditions. Urine hydrolysis with β-glucuronidase did not have an effect on the recovery of the metabolites, but was usually performed in search for other drugs. Because of the relative abundance of ions, the electron impact mass spectra of the mono-TMS derivatives and the chemical ionization (CI) mass spectra of the mono- and di-TMS derivatives of the hydroxy metabolites of both drugs were found to be more structurally informative. The CI mass spectra of the di- TMS derivatives have the additive advantage of being potentially useful for quantitative analysis.
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Various concentrations of atropine, pirenzepine, dexetimide, scopolamine, tropicamide, benztropine, dicyclomine, gallamine, mepenzolate, oxyphenonium, propantheline, procyclidine, 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine (4-DAMP), hexahydro-sila-difenidol (HHSiD), p-fluorohexahydro-sila-difenidol (pf-HHSiD), methoctramine, AFDX-116, and quinuclidinyl benzilate (QNB) were injected into goggled eyes of Leghorn cockerels three times at 48-hour intervals. Fellow control eyes received saline. Control animals received saline in both eyes. Twenty-four hours after final injections, refraction, eye weight, and axial length were measured, and eyes were prepared for microscopy.
The combined effects of physostigmine and procyclidine (antagonizing muscarinic, nicotinic, and NMDA receptors) were tested against various doses of soman. Physostigmine (0.1 mg/kg) in combination with procyclidine doses of 1, 3, or 6 mg/kg effectively prevented the development of convulsions and hippocampally monitored seizures when the doses of soman were 1.3, 1.6, or 2 x LD50, respectively. Results from [(3)H]MK-801-binding experiments showed that procyclidine inhibits the phencyclidine site at the NMDA receptor in a concentration-dependent manner. Physostigmine (0.1 mg/kg) and procyclidine in a dose of 1 mg/kg did not prevent convulsions or seizures when the soman dose was 1.6 x LD50. Subsequent treatment with scopolamine in doses of 0.5 or 1 mg/kg immediately after (3 min) seizure onset showed that only the highest dose produced a reliable termination. When scopolamine (1 mg/kg) was given later (10 min) after onset of seizures, no effect was obtained. The sustained seizures were subsequently treated with diazepam (10 mg/kg) and pentobarbital (30 mg/kg) and finally terminated 25 min after onset. In rats given inadequate prophylaxis, both modified convulsions and seizures were seen. It is suggested that moderate doses of prophylactics should be preferred to avoid adverse effects on cognitive functions because insufficient prophylaxis can be compensated for by adjunct treatment.
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In an attempt to obtain more selective antagonists acting at muscarinic M2-receptors, analogues of 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methobromide (4-DAMP methobromide) have been synthesized. These were tested, along with silabenzhexol, procyclidine, sila-procyclidine and AFDX-116, in dose-ratio experiments with guinea-pig isolated atria at 30 degrees C and ileum at 30 degrees C and 37 degrees C. The agonist was carbachol and the selectivity was assessed from the difference between log K for receptors in ileum and log K for receptors in atria. The selectivity was not related to the affinity and some weakly active compounds retained appreciable selectivity but no compound had greater selectivity than 4-DAMP methobromide or pentamethylene bis-(4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidinium) bromide. Structure-activity relations are discussed. There seem to be steric limits to affinity but there are no obvious indications of the structural features associated with selectivity. It is suggested that more selective drugs may be obtained by introducing groups which may reduce affinity.
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The antidotal, anticonvulsant and neuroprotective effects of physostigmine (PhS) and procyclidine (PC), the combinational prophylactics for organophosphate poisoning, were evaluated. For the investigation of dose-response relationship in rats and guinea pigs, various doses (0-6 mg/kg) of PC in combination with a fixed dose (0.1 mg/kg) of PhS were pretreated subcutaneously 30 min prior to subcutaneous poisoning with soman. Procyclidine in combination with PhS exhibited remarkable synergistic effects in a dose-dependent manner, leading to 1.92-5.07 folds of protection ratio in rats and 3.00-4.70 folds in guinea pigs. On the other hand, a low effect (1.65 fold) was achieved with the traditional antidotes atropine (17.4 mg/kg) plus 2-pralidoxime (30 mg/kg) treated immediately after soman poisoning, compared with a marked protection (5.50 fold) with atropine (17.4 mg/kg) plus HI-6 (125 mg/kg) in unpretreated rats. Noteworthy, the combinational prophylactics greatly potentiated the effect of atropine plus 2-pralidoxime to 6.13 or 12.27 folds and that of atropine plus HI-6 to 12.00 or 21.50 folds with 1.0 or 3.0 mg/kg of PC, respectively. A high dose (100 μg/kg, 1.3×LD(50)) of soman induced severe epileptiform seizures in rats pretreated with HI-6 (125 mg/kg), resulting in brain injuries in discrete brain regions under histopathological examination in 24 h. Interestingly, such seizures and excitotoxic brain injuries were fully prevented by pretreatment with PhS (0.1 mg/kg) and PC (1 mg/kg). Taken together, it is proposed that the prophylactics composed of PhS and PC could be a promising regimen for the prevention of lethality, seizures and brain injuries induced by soman poisoning.
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The present study compared the effects of aprophen hydrochloride, atropine sulfate, azaprophen hydrochloride, benactyzine hydrochloride, biperiden hydrochloride, diazepam, procyclidine hydrochloride, scopolamine hydrobromide, and trihexyphenidyl hydrochloride on activity levels in rats.
The prophylactic efficacy of a combinational patch system containing physostigmine and procyclidine against soman intoxication was evaluated using dogs. Female beagle dogs (body weights 9-10 kg) were shaved on the abdominal side, attached with a matrix-type patch (7x7 cm) containing 1.5% of physostigmine plus 6% procyclidine for 2 days, and challenged with subcutaneous injection of serial doses (2-10 LD50) of soman. Separately, in combination with the patch attachment, atropine (2 mg/dog) plus 2-pralidoxime (600 mg/dog) or atropine plus 1-[([4-(aminocarbonyl)pyridinio]methoxy)methyl]-2-[(hydroxyimino)methyl]pyridinium (HI-6, 500 mg/dog) were injected intramuscularly 1 min after soman poisoning. The LD50 value of soman was determined to be 9.1 microg/kg, and high doses (> or = 1.4 LD50) of soman induced salivation, emesis, defecation and diarrhea, tremors and seizures, and recumbency of dogs, leading to 100% mortality in 24 h. The prophylactic patch, which led to mean 18.5-18.8% inhibition of blood cholinesterase activity by physostigmine and mean 7.9-8.3 ng/ml of blood concentration of procyclidine, exerted a high protection ratio (4.7 LD50), in comparison with relatively-low effects of traditional antidotes, atropine plus 2-pralidoxime (2.5 LD50) and atropine plus HI-6 (2.7 LD50). Noteworthy, a synergistic increase in the protection ratio was achieved by the combination of the patch with atropine plus HI-6 (9 LD50), but not with atropine plus 2-pralidoxime (5 LD50). In addition, the patch system markedly attenuated the cholinergic signs and seizures induced by soman, especially when combined with atropine plus HI-6, leading to elimination of brain injuries and physical incapacitation up to 6 LD50 of soman poisoning. Taken together, it is suggested that the patch system containing physostigmine and procyclidine, especially in combination with atropine and HI-6, could be a choice for the quality survival from nerve-agent poisoning.
The effects of clinically available drugs targeting muscarinic cholinergic, adrenergic, dopaminergic, and serotonergic receptors; intracellular calcium levels and/or the function of calcium-dependent biochemical pathways; ion channels; and cellular pumps were tested against a keratitis isolate of Acanthamoeba castellanii belonging to the T4 genotype. In vitro growth inhibition (amoebistatic) assays were performed by incubating A. castellanii with various concentrations of drugs in the growth medium for 48 h at 30°C. To determine amoebicidal effects, amoebae were incubated with drugs in phosphate-buffered saline for 24 h, and viability was determined using trypan blue exclusion staining. For controls, amoebae were incubated with the solvent alone. Of the eight drugs tested, amlodipine, prochlorperazine, and loperamide showed potent amoebicidal effects, as no viable trophozoites were observed (>95% kill rate), while amiodarone, procyclidine, digoxin, and apomorphine exhibited up to 50% amoebicidal effects. In contrast, haloperidol did not affect viability, but all the drugs tested inhibited A. castellanii growth. Importantly, amlodipine, prochlorperazine, and loperamide showed compelling cysticidal effects. The cysticidal effects were irreversible, as cysts treated with the aforementioned drugs did not reemerge as viable amoebae upon inoculation in the growth medium. Except for apomorphine and haloperidol, all the tested drugs blocked trophozoite differentiation into cysts in encystation assays. Given the limited availability of effective drugs to treat amoebal infections, the clinically available drugs tested in this study represent potential agents for managing keratitis and granulomatous amoebic encephalitis caused by Acanthamoeba spp. and possibly against other meningoencephalitis-causing amoebae, such as Balamuthia mandrillaris and Naegleria fowleri.
The authors review the literature on fatal complications of clozapine-related constipation and bowel obstruction.
It has been proposed that serotonin (5-HT) antagonists counteract neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms by disinhibition of dopamine activity. The effects of the 5-HT antagonist mianserin, the anticholinergic drug procyclidine and placebo were evaluated in 16 psychiatric patients with chronic neuroleptic-induced parkinsonism in a double-blind cross-over trial. The patients received each drug in random order in 3-week periods separated by washout periods of 2 weeks. The effect of mianserin did not significantly differ from that of placebo, while parkinsonian symptoms were significantly reduced during treatment with procyclidine (P less than 0.05). Although mianserin was ineffective in chronic neuroleptic-induced parkinsonism, it cannot be excluded that 5-HT antagonists may be effective in the treatment of acute extrapyramidal side effects.
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The behavioral effects of a variety of advanced candidate anticonvulsants for organophosphate-induced seizures were evaluated under two rodent 'counting' models. Rats pressed the left of two levers a number of times (a 'run') before pressing the right lever. The targeted performance was a run of 12. The training contingency was a targeted percentile schedule, which provided food if the current run was closer to 12 than two-thirds of the most recent runs. Baseline performance was well controlled by the target, with mean run lengths slightly less than 12. Once this performance was acquired, half the subjects were switched to a procedure providing food following runs of different lengths with a probability yoked to previous percentile schedule performance. The two procedures generate comparable baseline performances, but behavioral disruptions generate reinforcement loss only under the yoked procedure. Atropine, scopolamine, azaprophen, aprophen, trihexyphenidyl, procyclidine, benactyzine, biperiden and diazepam were tested. All produced dose-related decreases in overall run length and response rate. Responding was disrupted more readily under the yoked procedure than under the percentile procedure. Only atropine affected responding at doses below those effective against soman-induced seizures. Of the present candidates, trihexyphenidyl, procyclidine, benactyzine and biperiden appear most promising for further development.
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The experiments were done to investigate the presence and subtype of functionally presynaptic muscarinic receptors in cholinergic nerves of the guinea pig urinary bladder. Bladder strips were incubated with 3H-choline and superfused with Tyrode's solution containing eserine. Secreted 3H-acetylcholine was separated from 3H-choline. The electrically evoked 3H-acetylcholine secretion increased with the stimulation frequency. 3H-Acetylcholine secretion was enhanced by muscarinic antagonists, was depressed by carbachol and by alpha adrenoceptor agonists but was not influenced by drugs acting at beta adrenoceptors or purinoceptors. The rank order for the enhancing effect of muscarinic antagonist EC50 values was propantheline < atropine < methylatropine < N-desethyloxybutynin < UH-AH 37 < benzhexol < AQ-RA 741 < 4-DAMP < procyclidine < emepronium < secoverine < oxybutynin < tropicamide < promethazine < himbacine < hexahydrosiladifenidol < methoctramine = pirenzepine < dicyclomine < AF-DX 116, and the EC50 values correlated best with constants for the M4/m4 muscarinic receptor subtype. The enhancing effect of atropine was counteracted by carbachol; the effects of atropine and emepronium were not additive. The 3H-acetylcholine secretion was also enhanced by forskolin, 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine, 8-bromo cyclic AMP and dibutyryl cyclic AMP. The combined effects of atropine and forskolin were additive. These results suggest that the 3H-acetylcholine secretion in the guinea pig urinary bladder is regulated by a presynaptic muscarinic autoreceptor of the M4 subtype that is not coupled to adenylate cyclase.
Other than atropine and pirenzepine, only oxyphenonium caused full rescue from FDM (goggled versus control; mean +/- SD; refraction differences: -9.50 +/- 0.22 D vs. 0.83 +/- 0.31 D, P < 0.001; wet weight differences: 75.67 +/- 3.84 mg vs. 2.33 +/- 6.14 mg, P < 0.001; axial length differences: 0.80 +/- 0.05 mm vs. 0.03 +/- 0.04 mm, P < 0.001). Oxyphenonium-treated retinas showed no damage. Of the other compounds, several elicited partial rescue and/or damaged the retina, whereas others had no effect.
Two case reports and data from literature on the subject are used by the authors to describe characteristics of pathogenetic importance of neuroleptic induced stupor (NIS). The origin of NIS is outlined briefly and some fundamental clinical and experimental facts are presented, all of which stress the importance of the acute blockade of postsynaptic DA-ergic receptors. Emphasis is placed on the significance of the possible relationship and similarity between NIS and catatonic stupor, and on the theoretical possibilities which this offers.
Of 55 aftercare patients receiving long-term treatment with antipsychotic and antiparkinson (AP) drugs, 37 were switched to being given placebo, and 18 remained on a regimen of procyclidine hydrochloride. The dose of antipsychotic was kept constant. After three weeks extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) developed in 54% of those patients receiving placebo and in none of those receiving procyclidine (P less than .002): Twenty-seven percent of the placebo group had EPS without akinesia, and in the same percentage akinesia developed (P = .003). We believe the risk-benefit ratio favors the routine use of AP drugs for prophylaxis and maintenance so as to avoid misdiagnosing as psychopathology, unspontaneity due to akinesia, and to reduce unreliable pill-taking due to EPS.
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The hypothesis has recently been advanced that increased activity of central dopaminergic mechanisms underlies the symptomatology of the schizophrenias. The evidence that dopaminergic transmission in the corpus striatum is impaired in Parkinson's disease suggests that observations on the relationship between Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia may illuminate the patholophysiology of the latter disease. Four cases are reported in which an illness with schizophrenic features developed in the setting of longstanding Parkinson's disease; attention is drawn to earlier reports of schizophrenic illnesses occurring as postencephalitic sequelae in the presence of a parkinsonian syndrome. These observations appear to conflict with the view that increased dopamine release in the striatum is necessary for the expression of schizophrenic psychopathology, but do not exclude the possibility that increased transmission may occur at other dopaminergic sites in the brain, for example the nucleus accumbens, tuberculum olfactorium or cerebral cortex. Similarly the dopamine receptor blockade hypothesis of the therapeutic effects of neuroleptic drugs cannot be maintained with respect to an action in the striatum in view of the differences between the actions of thioridazine and chlorpromazine in this structure, but may be tenable for actions at extra-straital sites.
A treatment regimen consisting of HI-6, levetiracetam, and procyclidine (termed the triple regimen) has previously been shown to work as a universal therapy against soman poisoning in rats, since it has capacities to function as both prophylactic and therapeutic measure. The purpose of the present study was to examine whether the triple regimen may have antidotal efficacy against intoxication by other classical nerve agents than soman. The treatment was given 1 and 5 min after exposure to a supralethal dose of nerve agents, and the results showed that the triple regimen successfully prevented or terminated seizures and preserved the lives of rats exposed to 5×LD50 of soman, sarin, cyclosarin, or VX, but solely 3×LD50 of tabun was managed by this regimen. To meet the particular antidotal requirements of tabun, the triple regimen was reinforced with obidoxime and was made to a quadruple regimen that effectively treated rats intoxicated by 5×LD50 of tabun. The rats recovered very well and the majority gained pre-exposure body weight within 7 days. Neuropathology was seen in all groups regardless of whether the rats seized or not. The most extensive damage was produced by sarin and cyclosarin. Differentiation between the nerve agents' potency to cause lesions was probably seen because the efficacious treatments ensured survival of supralethal poisoning. A combination of 2 oximes and 2 anticonvulsants may be a prerequisite to counteract effectively high levels of poisoning by any classical nerve agent.
The protective effect of cholinolytics such as procyclidine and atropine, in combination with carbamate prophylactics, against diisopropylfluorophosphate poisoning was examined in mice. Doses of carbamates were optimized, based on the maximum sign-free dose, the time course of cholinesterase inhibition and the protective potential against diisopropylfluorophosphate poisoning. Centrally-active physostigmine was more toxic than centrally-inactive pyridostigmine and the toxic signs of carbamates appeared to be closely related to the level of inhibition of brain cholinesterase activity. In combination with atropine, physostigmine was more effective than pyridostigmine in protecting mice intoxicated with diisopropylfluorophosphate. Moreover, centrally-active atropine sulfate was a more effective co-antidote to carbamates than centrally-inactive atropine methylnitrate. The most prominent protection was achieved with the combination of carbamates and procyclidine, a centrally-active cholinolytic showing anticonvulsion, which was also observed to prevent diisopropylfluorophosphate-induced convulsions (Kim et al., 1997). Taken together, it is suggested that procyclidine could be a possible substitute for atropine as an antidote to diisopropylfluorophosphate poisoning.
The nature of the antagonism by anticholinergic compounds of nicotine-induced convulsion in mice has not been defined clearly. Although, because they do not compete effectively for agonist binding to brain tissue in-vitro, these compounds are thought to be non-competitive antagonists in the brain, pharmacological evidence is lacking. This study describes the anti-nicotinic properties of the clinically used anticholinergic antiparkinson drugs, benztropine, biperiden, caramiphen, ethopropazine, procyclidine and trihexyphenidyl. Nicotine-induced convulsion and arecoline-induced tremor in mice were effectively prevented by these drugs. The concentrations of benztropine, biperiden, caramiphen, ethopropazine, procyclidine and trihexyphenidyl affording 50% prevention of nicotine-induced convulsion (ED50 values) were 7.4, 4.6, 7.8, 4.9, 3.1 and 3.3 mg kg(-1), respectively. The classical muscarinic receptor antagonist atropine had potent anti-muscarinic effects but very weak anti-nicotinic activity. The classical nicotinic receptor antagonist mecamylamine had potent anti-nicotinic activity but no anti-muscarinic effects. The pattern of shift of the dose-response curve for nicotine-induced convulsion in mice was determined in the presence of increasing concentrations of the anticholinergic antiparkinson drugs. These drugs were found to increase the ED50 (0.49 mg kg(-1)) of nicotine-induced convulsion in a dose-related manner. The maximum effect of nicotine and the slope of nicotine dose-response curve were not significantly influenced by either low or high doses of benztropine, procyclidine or trihexylphenidyl, which suggests competitive action. Biperiden, caramiphen and ethopropazine, at low doses which significantly increased the ED50 of nicotine, did not affect the maximum effect of nicotine or the slope of the nicotine dose-response curve; at higher doses, however, they reduced the maximum effect and the slope, which suggests that these drugs have both competitive and non-competitive properties in antagonizing nicotine-induced convulsion in mice. The experiments demonstrate that the anticholinergic antiparkinson drugs and mecamylamine effectively antagonize nicotine-induced convulsion, but atropine does not; some of these drugs have competitive properties whereas others seem to have both competitive and non-competitive properties in antagonizing nicotine-induced convulsion in mice.
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In this 12-week study of anticholinergic discontinuation in 20 outpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, gradual decrease and discontinuation of anticholinergics led to a positive effect on cognition. There were no adverse consequences on general psychopathology and no significant differences for 18 of 20 subjects on movement disorders.