The opiate antagonist naloxone reduced the incidence and severity of cardiac arrhythmia induced in rats by intracarotid administration of adrenaline. Naloxone also reversed the adrenaline-induced arrhythmia in isolated heart preparations, suggesting a local antiarrhythmic action of the opiate antagonist. Similar effects were obtained with the (+) stereoisomer of naloxone which is inactive as an opiate antagonist. Thus, the direct action of naloxone at the rat heart is probably not mediated by opiate receptors.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 1988|