Influence of salbutamol on the anticonvulsant potency of the antiepileptic drugs in the maximal electroshock-induced seizures in mice.


Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University, Lublin of Lublin, Poland. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : β2-Adrenergic receptor agonists are widely used agents in the treatment of asthma or preterm labor. Since prevalence of asthma was shown to be higher in patients with epilepsy and modulation of noradrenergic system activity may modify epilepsy course, the aim of the present study was to examine the effect of salbutamol (SALB), one of the most commonly used β2-adrenergic receptor agonist on the anticonvulsant potency of four classical antiepileptic drugs (AEDs): valproate (VPA), carbamazepine (CBZ), phenytoin (DPH) and phenobarbital (PB) in mice subjected to the maximal electroshock (MES)-induced seizures.
METHODS : Seizures were caused by a current delivered through ear-clip electrodes. The influence of AEDs and SALB on animals' motor coordination and memory processes was also evaluated.
RESULTS : Single SALB injection did not change, whereas 7 days SALB administration decreased seizure threshold in the MES-induced seizures in mice. Moreover, SALB injected ip for 1 day and for 7 days lowered the antiepileptic activity of PB in the MES-induced seizures in mice, but did not change the effect of other analyzed AEDs: VPA, CBZ or DPH. Butoxamine, a selective β2-adrenergic receptor antagonist, reversed SALB influence on the activity of PB. SALB given alone or in combination with the tested AEDs did not affect animals' motor performance and memory after both single and 7 days administration.
CONCLUSIONS : Presented results show that SALB may decrease the antiepileptic efficacy of PB. A special caution is advised to patients with epilepsy receiving β2-adrenergic receptors agonists in the pharmacotherapy of pulmonary and obstetrical disorders.


Antiepileptic drugs,Butoxamine,Maximal electroshock seizures,Mice,Salbutamol,

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