Original Investigations

Psychopharmacology

, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 318-322

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Amphetamine withdrawal: Effects on threshold of intracranial reinforcement

  • Geraldine CassensAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, Massachusetts Mental Health Center
  • , Carol ActorAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, Massachusetts Mental Health Center
  • , Mitchel KlingAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, Massachusetts Mental Health Center
  • , Joseph J. SchildkrautAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, Massachusetts Mental Health Center

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Abstract

In order to determine whether alterations in sensitivity to rewarding stimuli accompany the biochemical and behavioral changes induced by chronic amphetamine treatment and withdrawal, we explored the effects of chronic administration and withdrawal of d-amphetamine on thresholds of intracranial reinforcement in the rat. Rats were injected with d-amphetamine sulfate according to a chronic, escalating dose schedule. Marked decreases in threshold of intracranial reinforcement were observed immediately (0–1 h) following the last injection of d-amphetamine. In contrast, all animals showed marked increases in thresholds of intracranial reinforcement 24–48 h after the last injection of d-amphetamine. These findings were discussed in relation to amphetamine-induced and naturally occurring depressions in man.

Key words

Amphetamine Self-stimulation Thresholds Reinforcement Rats