Acta Med. 2005, 48: 149-152

Comparison of the Effects on Spinal Reflexes of Acetylsalicylate and Metamizol in Spinalized and Normal Rats

Osman Gença, Sebahat Turguta, Günfer Turguta, Selim Kortunayb

aPamukkale University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Denizli, Turkey
bPamukkale University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Denizli, Turkey

Received March 1, 2004
Accepted May 1, 2005

The effects of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, acetylsalicylate and metamizol, on spinal monosynaptic reflexes were investigated in spinalized and normal rats. Adult rats (n=36) weighing 150–200 g were anesthetized with ketamine and artificially ventilated. Half of rats were spinalized at C1 level. A laminectomy was performed in the lumbosacral region. Following electrical stimulation of the sciatic nerve by single pulses, reflex potentials were recorded from the ipsilateral L5 ventral root. Acetylsalicylate was administered orally (100 mg/kg for both spinalized and normal rats). Metamizol was administered intramuscularly (15 mg/kg for both spinalized and normal rats). These drug administrations significantly decreased the amplitude of reflex response in all groups (p<0.05). These data verify that observed inhibition by acetylsalicylicate and metamizol may be at the level of spinal cord. Also we suggested that the cyclooxygenase products of arachidonic acid may play an important role in regulating the reflex potential.


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