Melperone and clozapine: neuroendocrine effects of atypical neuroleptic drugs

Herbert Y. Meltzer*, James I. Koenig, J. Frank Nash, Gary A. Gudelsky

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The effects of atypical neuroleptics within the neuroendocrine axis of rodents can be distinguished from those of typical neuroleptics by the production of: 1) a shortlived increase in serum PRL concentrations, 2) an acute increase in the activity of TIDA neurons, and 3) a marked increase in serum corticosterone concentrations. It is of interest to specculate that the pharmacological properties of atypical neuroleptics which mediate the unique neuroendocrine responses are of relevance to an understanding of the mechanisms which underlie the clinical profile of these antipsychotic agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number352 S
StatePublished - Aug 1989


  • atypical neuroleptics
  • clozapine
  • melperone
  • prolactin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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