PMID: 44510Nov 1, 1979

Comparative study on the depressive action of several benzodiazepine minor tranquilizers (author's transl)

Nihon yakurigaku zasshi. Folia pharmacologica Japonica
Y Sakai


The potencies of four benzodiazepine minor tranquilizers in depressing respiratory function were investigated in rats and cats anesthetized with pentobarbital. The effect of the drug on respiration was studied in the rat, and the effect on the phrenic nerve activity which reflects the activity of an inspiratory centre was investigated in the cat vagotomized bilaterally at the level of the neck. The change of blood pressure, heart rate and pCO2 in expiration were also recorded simultaneously in experiments with the cat, an infra-red CO2 gas analyzer (Model LB-1, Beckman) was used to measure the pCO2. Respiration in the rat was decreased by the oral administration of diazepam 10, 20 mg/kg or chloridazepoxide 20, 40 mg/kg. Although the pre-administration level of ventilation was not decreased by oxazolam or chloxazolam, both 20, 40 mg/kg, p.o., the level after administration was slightly lower than that after the administration of CMC alone. Diazepam, given intravenously either as a CMC-suspension or as the preparation Cercine, in the dose of 0.5 mg/kg, suppressed both the number of the burst discharges and the magnitude of the integrated signal of the discharge of the phrenic nerve of the cat. Chlordiazepoxide 1 mg/kg, i.v. also ...Continue Reading

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