TITLE

A preliminary investigation into the practicality of use and duration of action of slow-release preparations of morphine and hydromorphone in laboratory rats

AUTHOR(S)
Leach, M. C.; Bailey, H. E.; Dickinson, A. L.; Roughan, J. V.; Flecknell, P. A.
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Laboratory Animals;Jan2010, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p59
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Significant advances have been made in our ability to assess pain and administer appropriate pain relief in laboratory animals. However, providing long-lasting analgesia using a route that does not involve animal restraint remains difficult. The objective of this study was to investigate whether oral administration of slow-release morphine or hydromorphone results in increased thermal nociception in laboratory rats. The results showed that 64 mg/kg morphine and 16 mg/kg hydromorphone induced comparable increases in foot withdrawal latencies for up to three hours postadministration; however, slow-release morphine increased response latencies for up to 11 hours. Whether these dose rates provide clinically effective pain relief has yet to be determined; however, these data suggest that using slow-release preparations could be an effective and highly practical method of elevating pain thresholds for a relatively prolonged period.
ACCESSION #
48415841

 

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