, Volume 106, Issue 1, pp 127–130 | Cite as

Effect of peripheral administration of cinnarizine and verapamil on the abstinence syndrome in diazepam-dependent rats

  • Yati Chugh
  • N. Saha
  • A. Sankaranarayanan
  • P. L. Sharma
Original Investigations


The effects of two calcium channel blockers (verapamil and cinnarizine) were evaluated on diazepam withdrawal symptoms. Rats were made diazepam dependent by chronic treatment with daily injections of the drug, 20 mg/kg IP for 3 weeks. On abrupt termination of the drug, animals showed withdrawal hyperactivity that was assessed by autonomic, behavioural and motor signs. The peak effect was seen 3 days after the withdrawal of diazepam. On IP administration, verapamil and cinnarizine (10, 20 and 40 mg/kg) given on eight occasions at an interval of 12 h reversed the withdrawal-induced increase in spontaneous motor activity. Cinnarizine in higher doses (20 and 40 mg/kg) was found to be effective in suppressing the behavioural signs but verapamil did not show any protective effect against startle response and irritability. These results suggest that modulation of the calcium influx in the CNS might influence withdrawal.

Key words

Verapamil Cinnarizine Diazepam Withdrawal hyperactivity Rat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yati Chugh
    • 1
  • N. Saha
    • 1
  • A. Sankaranarayanan
    • 1
  • P. L. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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