Ondansetron, given during the acute cocaine withdrawal, attenuates oral cocaine self-administration.
We have previously shown that ondansetron, given 3.5 h after intravenous cocaine self-administration, can attenuate self-administration the following day. Here we tested ondansetron given either before or after a 14-h oral cocaine session in rats. Ondansetron (0.2 mg/kg sc) given 30 min before the cocaine session had no effect. However, when given 3.5 h after, ondansetron attenuated cocaine intake the following day while having no effect on water intake. Taken with our previous data in intravenous cocaine self-administration, we suggest that the acute cocaine withdrawal period may be an important treatment window and that ondansetron may be an effective cocaine abuse therapy.
Davidson, C; Lazarus, C; Lee, TH; Ellinwood, EH
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