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The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of procyclidine (10 mg) after oral and intravenous administration were studied in six healthy volunteers. Treatment order was randomised and the study was placebo-controlled and conducted blind. After oral dosing the mean peak plasma concentration was 116 ng/ml and mean bioavailability was 75%. After both oral and intravenous dosing the mean values for the volume of distribution, total body clearance and plasma elimination half-life of procyclidine were in the order of 1 l/kg, 68 ml/min and 12 h respectively. Autonomic effects were maximal within 0.5 h of intravenous administration and at about 1-2 h after oral dosing. Significant effects on pupil diameter, visual near point, salivary secretion and heart rate occurred after intravenous treatment and similar but less marked effects occurred after the oral dose. Significant autonomic effects were still detectable 12 h after both forms of treatment.
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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.
Procyclidine, 1-cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol, was incubated with the 9000g supernatant fraction of rat liver homogenates, fortified with a NADPH generating system. Three major metabolites were isolated from the incubation mixture. They were identified as 1-(cis-4-hydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol, 1-(trans-4-hydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-propanol, and (1R*, 3R*, 7S(R?)*)-1-(trans-3-hydroxycyclohexyl)-1-phenyl-3-(1-pyrrolidinyl) -1-propanol. The latter has not been detected previously in rat urine and probably represents an intermediate metabolite.
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A case is described in which a patient developed acute pancreatitis following an overdose of amoxapine and procyclidine. Pancreatitis is not at this time a recognized complication of the use or abuse of these two drugs. Other drugs were used in the medical management of the complications of the overdose, but none of these are drugs known to be associated with pancreatitis. Amoxapine is probably, but not certainly the cause of the pancreatitis. Possible mechanisms for this unusual and serious complication are described.
In recent years, the complex treatment of schizophrenia has been extended by the neuroleptic large-dose therapy. Our investigations carried out so far, which reflect the experiences gained in several years with this form of treatment, include 30 schizophrenic patients admitted in an acute psychotic condition. They were treated for six days running with 40 to 120 (average 65) mg of Haloperidol daily. The results of our studies show that the large-dose therapy with Haloperidol as an initial phase of a combined pharmaco-therapy represents a safe, rapid and effective method.
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On the basis of the hypothesis that there is a common structural basis for central nervous system (CNS) drug action consisting primarily of an aromatic group and a nitrogen atom, a four-point model for a common pharmacophore is defined with use of five semirigid CNS-active drug molecules: morphine, strychnine, LSD, apomorphine, and mianserin. Two of the points of the model represent possible hydrophobic interactions between the aromatic group and the receptor, while the other two represent hydrogen bonding between the nitrogen atom and the receptor. The model is then extended by the inclusion of nine additional CNS-active drug molecules: phenobarbitone, clonidine, diazepam, bicuculline, diphenylhydantoin, amphetamine, imipramine, chlorpromazine, and procyclidine, each being chosen as a key representative of a different CNS-active drug class or neurotransmitter system. Consideration of all phenyl group and nitrogen atom combinations, as well as all feasible conformations, shows that all nine molecules closely fit the common model in low-energy conformations. It is proposed that the model may eventually be used to design CNS-active drugs by mapping the relative locations of secondary binding sites. It can also be used to predict whether a given structure is likely to show CNS activity: a search over 1000 entries in the Merck Index shows a high probability of CNS activity in compounds fitting the common structural model.
A sensitive and rapid method for the simultaneous determination of three commonly abused anticholinergic drugs in Jordan; trihexyphenidyl, procyclidine, and biperiden in plasma and urine has been developed using solid phase extraction and GC-MS. Linearity was established from therapeutic to fatal concentrations of the three drugs; 5-300 ng/ml in plasma, with correlation coefficient r(2) > or = 0.9978 and 10-800 ng/ml in urine r(2) > or = 0.9993. Recoveries were in the range of 86-92% and intra-day and inter-day relative standard deviations (n = 6) were in the range of 6.6-10.3% for the three drugs at three different concentrations in plasma and urine. The base peak m/z 98 for trihexyphenidyl, m/z 84 for procyclidine, and m/z 98 and 218 for biperiden, and m/z 339 for papaverine (internal standard) were monitored at selective ion monitoring; their retention times were 8.10, 8.67 and 8.92 min, respectively, and 14.79 min for the internal standard with analysis time of 16.75 min. The limit of detection of 0.5 ng/ml was attained for trihexyphenidyl and procyclidine, while for biperiden 2.0 and 1.0 ng/ml in spiked plasma and urine, respectively. This method has been applied to forensic and authentic samples taken from abuser and patients using these drugs. The method will offer the clinicians and the legal authority the right diagnosis regarding the anticholinergic involved in any case of abuse with less than 1 h per sample (plasma or urine) from the time of receiving.
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The case described here is that of a 34-year-old woman with a psychiatric disorder who was referred to the local surgical receiving unit with abdominal pain and vomiting. She remained well and fully mobile but refused blood investigations until the day following admission. At that time the tests showed a picture of acute renal failure. With the development of increasing abdominal tenderness and pyrexia she was persuaded to have a laparotomy which demonstrated a small tear at the dome of the bladder. Her deranged blood biochemistry returned to normal within 11 h following surgery. The important points demonstrated in this case study are the special clinical difficulties encountered in psychiatric patients, which may consequently lead to delay in diagnosis. This delay allowed significant peritoneal reabsorption of urea and creatinine, which masqueraded as 'acute renal failure' on biochemical testing. The case also highlights the use of procyclidine, commonly used in patients with psychiatric disorders; urinary retention is a recognised side effect of this drug--and it is possible that such retention together with a minor and hence easily overlooked episode of trauma, may have contributed to the patient's condition.
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Single oral doses of atropine, nortriptyline, procyclidine and lactose dummy were administered double-blind to eight healthy young subjects in a balanced, crossover study. Television pupillometry was used to measure the anticholinergic effects of these drugs on the pupil diameter in darkness and the reflex response to light flashes. The sensitivity of this method was compared with conventional autonomic function tests, viz. salivary secretion, radial pulse, forearm sweat gland activity and distance to visual near point. Visual analogue scales were used to obtain subjective measures of sedative drug effects. The expected inhibition of parasympathetic activity was found in most instances with two exceptions: firstly, that nortriptyline failed to affect the pupil despite causing a tachycardia and secondly, that procyclidine gave a bradycardia. The results are discussed with reference to the possible advantages of television pupillometry over conventional pupil measurement in the detection of anticholinergic drug effects.
A patient underwent an emergency Caesarean section under general anaesthesia for an antepartum haemorrhage. Following delivery of a live infant, cyclizine was administered in accordance with departmental anti-emetic protocol. On awakening she was confused, slow to articulate and had slurred speech. A computed tomography (CT) scan, which was performed to exclude an intracranial event, was normal. Her symptoms were suggestive of a lingual-facial-buccal dyskinesia as seen with dopamine antagonists. A presumptive diagnosis of a dystonic reaction to cyclizine was made. She received two doses of procyclidine before her symptoms completely resolved. Cyclizine has had a resurgence in popularity owing to the recent withdrawal of droperidol and anaesthetists should be aware that, although extremely rare, dystonic reactions may occur with this agent.
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.
A transdermal patch system containing procyclidine, an N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist possessing anticholinergic action, and physostigmine, a reversible cholinesterase inhibitor, was developed, and its prophylactic efficacy against soman intoxication was investigated. Male rhesus monkeys were shaved on the dorsal area, attached with a matrix-type patch with various sizes (2×2 to 7×7 cm) for 24 or 72 h, and challenged with 2×LD₅₀ doses (13μg/kg) of soman. The smallest patch size for the protection against lethality induced by soman intoxication was 3×3cm, resulting in blood procyclidine concentration of 10.8 ng/ml, blood physostigmine concentration of 0.54 ng/ml, which are much lower concentrations than maximum sign-free doses, and blood cholinesterase inhibition of 42%. The drug concentrations and enzyme inhibition rate corresponding to a diverging point of survivability were presumably estimated to be around 7 ng/ml for procyclidine, 0.35 ng/ml for physostigmine, and 37% of enzyme inhibition. Separately, in combination with the patch treatment, the post treatment consisting of atropine (0.5 mg/kg) plus 1-[([4-(aminocarbonyl)pyridinio]methoxy)methyl]-2-[(hydroxyimino)methyl]pyridinium (HI-6, 50 mg/kg) exerted protection against 5×LD₅₀ challenge of soman, which means the posttreatment remarkably augmented the efficacy of the patch. Additionally, it was found that brain injuries induced by soman toxicity were effectively prevented by the patch treatment according to histopathological examinations. These results suggest that the patch system could be an effective alternative for diazepam, an anticonvulsant, and the current pyridostigmine pretreatment, and especially in combination with atropine plus HI-6, could be a choice for quality survival from nerve-agent poisoning.
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All autopsy samples received at the National Institute of Forensic Toxicology during the years 1986-1996 which contained anticholinergic antiparkinsonian drugs were reviewed. Of a total of 69 cases, orphenadrine was present in 57 (83%), biperiden in 8 (12%), procyclidine in 3 (4%), and trihexyphenidyl/benzhexol in 1 (1%) of the subjects. The measured concentrations were assessed in light of previously published data. Of 21 cases where causality between drug ingestion and death was classified as either highly probable (18/21) or possible (3/21), all subjects tested positive for orphenadrine. In the autopsy samples from these patients, orphenadrine concentrations in the 4.5-600 mumol/l range (mean 62.5 mumol/l, SD 126.5 mumol/l) were determined. Because of a low national autopsy rate, there is reason to believe that the actual numbers of drug-related deaths in this period may have been significantly higher. It is concluded that orphenadrine is responsible for a disproportionally high number of overdose deaths.
Dysphoria occurred in about 40% of the subjects on both occasions, but akathisia was only detected in 8% (first study) and 16% (second study). All adverse effects were transient and were abolished in nine of the ten subjects given procyclidine.
Resolution is enhanced with the new technique since it allows measurement of multiple doses on cells from the same batch. It has advantages to cuvette techniques because cells have intact dendritic tree and synaptic function and it is a convenient method to obtain reliable dose-response curves for NMDA channel modulators on differentiated neural cells.
There is a great body of evidence, that excitatory amino acid antagonists, apart from their anticonvulsive properties per se, potentiate the protective activity of conventional antiepileptics against maximal electroshock-induced seizures in mice. It is worth stressing, that combinations of valproate with either CGP 37849 (a competitive NMDA antagonist) or dizocilpine (MK-801, a non-competitive NMDA antagonist), providing a 50% protection against maximal electroshock, resulted in no adverse effects, as measured in the chimney test (motor coordination) or passive avoidance task (long-term memory). On the other hand, valproate administered alone at its ED50, to protect against maximal electroshock, produced profound adverse effects. However, some NMDA antagonists (D-CPP-ene, memantine, procyclidine or trihexyphenidyl) did enhance the protection offered by common antiepileptics but these combined treatments were associated with considerable side-effects on motor coordination and long-term memory. Interestingly, ifenprodil (an antagonist of the polyamine site within the NMDA receptor complex) possessed some anticonvulsive activity against electroconvulsions but failed to enhance the antielectroshock efficacy of conventional antiepileptics. AMPA/KA receptor antagonists (NBQX and GYKI 52466), similarly to NMDA antagonists, potentiated the protective action of antiepileptic drugs against maximal electroshock and these combinations were generally devoid of unwanted effects.
Although numerous medical treatment options have been reported, the majority are through small trials or anecdotal reports.
A preliminary evaluation of pipothiazine palmitate by injection was carried out in 25 schizophrenic patients to assess the therapeutic effectiveness of the drug, probable dosage schedules and intervals between doses, and to observ any undesirable side-effects. A good overall response was obtained in 64% of the patients. The authors suggest that the optimum maintenance dosage is between 50 and 100 mg. given at 4-weekly intervals. Although extra-pyramidal side-effects were high, only 1 patient had to be withdrawn on this account; the symptoms being well-controlled in mostly by procyclidine. Other adverse side-effects were negligible and there was no evidence of adverse biological effects. It is concluded that pipthiazine palmitate has considerable potential in the treatment of schizophrenia and a longer-term study is being conducted.
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Anticholinergic drugs were the first pharmacological agents used in the treatment of Parkinson"s disease. Although levodopa and other centrally acting dopaminergic agonists have largely supplanted their use, they still have a place in treatment of the disease. As a therapeutic class, there is little pharmacokinetic information available for these drugs, which is inclusive of benztropine, biperiden, diphenhydramine, ethopropazine, orphenadrine, procyclidine and trihexyphenidyl. Pharmacokinetic information is largely restricted to studies involving young health volunteers given single doses. In general, this class of drugs is rapidly absorbed after oral administration to humans. Oral bioavailability is variable between the different drugs, ranging from 30% to over 70%. Each of the drugs appears to possess a large Vd in humans and animals, and distribution to tissues is rapid. The drugs are all characterized by relatively low clearance relative to hepatic blood flow, and appear to be extensively metabolized, primarily to N-dealkylated and hydroxylated metabolites. The available information suggests that excretion of parent drug and metabolite is via the urine and bile. Although the existence of a plasma concentration vs. therapeutic effect relationship has not been explored, there is some evidence suggesting a relationship between concentration and peripheral side effects. Elderly tolerate the drugs less well than do younger patients. There is a notable lack of pharmacokinetic information for these drugs in the elderly. The lack of pharmacokinetic information for multiple dose administration and in the elderly may be a possible hindrance in the safe and effective use of these drugs in patients with Parkinson"s disease.
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Oxyphenonium prevents FDM in chicks. The ineffectiveness or partial effectiveness of other compounds, coupled with the high concentrations of effective compounds required to prevent FDM, suggests that muscarinic antagonists act to prevent FDM, either at sites distant from the retina, or through a nonmuscarinic mechanism, on which only some of these drugs act.
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A case is reported in which platelet monoamine oxidase (MAO) activity fluctuated in the course of a schizophreniform psychosis in a way which suggests a direct relationship between low levels of MAO activity and the psychosis.
Eighty-eight subjects took part in two studies, 37 IBS patients (Rome II), 14 depressed patients, and 37 healthy volunteers. Eighteen IBS patients had diarrhea predominant IBS, 14 were alternators, and 5 were predominantly constipated. In study 1, blood was drawn for baseline measurement of growth hormone (GH) and cytokines IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10. Pyridostigmine 120 mg was administered orally and further blood sampling took place for 180 min. In study 2, patients with IBS, depressed patients, and healthy subjects underwent the pyridostigmine test on two separate occasions with procyclidine (antimuscarinic) pre-treatment on one test occasion. Both GH and IL-6 were monitored.
The tolerance of five central muscarinic receptor antagonists has been studied in experimental animals. According to the effect on orientation-exploratory reaction, drugs were arranged in the following order of increasing toxicity: procyclidine < trihexiphenidyl < benactizine < atropine < scopolamine. For the same therapeutic index, trihexiphenidyl and benactizine were characterized by the maximum tolerance (TD50/ED50 > 10) in mice. Scopolamine and atropine exhibited anticonvulsant activity at doses exceeding the threshold values by a factor of 6.3 and 3.9, respectively. For procyclidine, the average anticonvulsant dose was threefold lower than the threshold value. Benactizine and procyclidine had maximum tolerance levels in rats. The TD50/ED50 ratio for these drugs was greater than 3 (against 0.5 - 0.7 in groups treated with trihexiphenidyl, atropine and scopolamine).
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1. A variety of atropine-like drugs effective in the treatment of drug-induced extrapyramidal syndromes have been investigated with regard to their interaction with dopamine-containing neurones in rat brain.2. Under some conditions benztropine, trihexyphenidyl, atropine and ethopropazine significantly antagonized the chlorpromazine-induced increase in subcortical concentrations of homovanillic acid.3. Most of the atropine-like drugs investigated also decreased the turnover of dopamine in the subcortex as measured by following the disappearance of dopamine after administration of alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine.4. These findings are suggestive that an imbalance between a dopaminergic and cholinergic system might be closely linked to the pathogenesis of extra-pyramidal movement disorders.
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Reports identified in the search were included if they were controlled trials dealing with people with neuroleptic-induced TD and schizophrenia or other chronic mental illness who had been randomly allocated to either an anticholinergic agent or to a placebo (or no intervention).
In an era when it is generally believed that the acute symptoms of schizophrenia can be controlled pharmacologically, the case of a young man who has remained almost continuously floridly psychotic for 13 years, despite treatment, is disquieting. Conventional psychiatric treatment appears to be rendered impotent. It is in this context that it may be of interest to report a summary of the proceedings of a Special Problems Conference held at the Institute of Psychiatry on 18 February 1985 to discuss such a case.
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Results from studies based on microinfusions into seizure controlling brain sites (area tempestas, medial septum, perirhinal cortex, posterior piriform cortex) have shown that procyclidine, muscimol, caramiphen, and NBQX, but not ketamine, exert anticonvulsant effects against soman-induced seizures. The purpose of the present study was to examine whether levetiracetam (Keppra(®)) may enhance the anticonvulsant potency of the above drugs to become optimally effective when used systemically. Levetiracetam has a unique profile in preclinical models of epilepsy and has been shown to increase the potency of other antiepileptic drugs. The rats were pretreated with pyridostigmine (0.1mg/kg) to enhance survival and received anticonvulsants 20 min after onset of seizures evoked by soman (1.15 × LD(50)). The results showed that no single drug was able to terminate seizure activity. However, when levetiracetam (LEV; 50mg/kg) was combined with either procyclidine (PCD; 10mg/kg) or caramiphen (CMP; 10mg/kg) complete cessation of seizures was achieved, but the nicotinic antagonist mecamylamine was needed to induce full motor rest in some rats. In a subsequent experiment, rats were pretreated with HI-6 (125 mg/kg) to enhance survival and treatment started 40 min following seizure onset of a soman dose of 1.6 × LD(50). LEV (50mg/kg) combined with either PCD (20mg/kg) or CMP (20mg/kg) terminated seizure activity, but the survival rate was considerably higher for LEV+PCD than LEV+CMP. Both therapies could also save the lives of rats that were about to die 5-10 min after seizure onset. Thus, the combination of LEV and PCD or CMP may make up a model of a future autoinjector being effective regardless of the time of application.