The effects of subchronic administration of imipramine (IMIP), chlorpromazine (CPZ) and the combination of IMIP + CPZ on 3H-IMP binding of rat blood platelets and cortex were studied. All three treatments decreased the number of IMIP binding sites (Bmax) of rat blood platelets and cortex. The combination produced a significantly greater decrease in Bmax in platelets than either treatment alone; a similar trend in cortex was observed. The effect of some neuroleptics on 3H-IMIP binding sites may be relevant to their antidepressant action. These results, together with previous evidence that the combination has a synergistic effect on down regulation of brain serotonin-2 (5-HT2) receptors, suggest that changes in serotonergic neurotransmission may be relevant to the enhanced efficacy of the combination of tricyclic antidepressants and neuroleptics, compared to either type of drug alone, in the treatment of delusional depression.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)