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Benzodiazepine induced voraciousness in cats and inhibition of amphetamine anorexia

, : Benzodiazepine induced voraciousness in cats and inhibition of amphetamine anorexia. Life Sciences 18(10): 1157-1165

The effect of different benzodiazepines on food intake was studied in cats which were trained to eat their daily food within 3 h, under conditions in which emotional factors were not present. When benzodiazepines were administered (at a dose ranging from 0.1-3 mg/kg) before feeding, they increased both the total amount of food eaten and also the rate at which food was injested. When they were administered at the end of the feeding period, these compounds made the animals resume eating voraciously. The order of decreasing potency of the benzodiazepines tested was: oxazepam, N-methyl-lorazepam, diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, pinazepam, medazepam. Oxazepam (3 mg/kg) stimulated maximally the food intake, even when administered up to 12 h before feeding. Oxazepam antagonized the anorexigenic effect of d-amphetamine, but did not influence amphetamine-induced hyperactivity and stereotyped behavior.


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