Preclinical toxicity study of intrathecal administration of the pain relievers dextrorphan, dextromethorphan, and memantine in the sheep model


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Objectives: To determine the toxicity window for the continuous intrathecal administration of dextrorphan, dextromethorphan, and memantine via an implanted delivery pump. Materials and Methods: Using 48 sheep with programmable continuous intrathecal infusion systems we determined the behavioral, motor, neurological, and histopathological changes produced by a 43-day continuous infusion study of dextrorphan, dextromethorphan, and memantine dissolved in 0.9% NaCl. Daily doses of each N-methyl-D, aspartate (NMDA) antagonist were 0.013, 0.051,0.203, 0.510, 0.811, and 2.533 mg/kg/day, flow rates ranged from 13.25 ml/day to 0.051 ml/day at a concentration of 10 mg/ml. Control animals received saline in the range of 7.9985 ml/day to 1 ml/day. Conclusions: Infusion of saline in the control animals produced no behavioral or motor changes. However, infusion of dextrorphan, dextromethorphan, and memantine at the higher doses (> 0.051 mg/kg/day) produced dose-dependent negative behavioral, motor, and histopathologic changes as indicated by a series of nonparametric statistical analyses. The minimal toxic doses were dextrorphan dose 3, dextromethorphan dose 1 and memantine dose 1. This study suggests that continuous intrathecal infusion of dextrorphan, dextromethorphan, and memantine via an implantable pump system can cause significant toxicities at the higher doses studied.

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Cited Authors

  • Hassenbusch, SJ; Satterfield, WC; Gradert, TL; Binhazim, AW; Ahad, G; Mokhtarzadeh, M; Schapiro, SJ; Payne, R

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 230 - 240

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1094-7159

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1046/j.1525-1403.1999.00230.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus