The effects of intrathecal ketanserin and phentolamine on heart rate and arterial blood pressure in the rat

  • K. Mohan Dhasmana
  • Ajay K. Banerjee
  • Pramod R. Saxena
Part of the Developments in CardioCardiovascular Pharmacology of 5-Hydroxytryptamine book series (DICM, volume 106)


Ketanserin lowers arterial blood pressure in both animals and humans, but the mechanism of its antihypertensive action is in debate [see 1]. In general, it is now accepted that ketanserin, at least partly, lowers blood pressure by α 1-adrenoceptor blockade [2–4]. However, additional mechanisms, such as the blockade of 5-HT2 receptor-mediated amplification of the vasoconstrictor action of noradrenaline by 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) [see 5], direct vasodilatation [4] and a CNS action [6–8], have also recently been implicated. In this investigation the effects of intrathecal administration of ketanserin and phentolamine on arterial blood pressure and heart rate in normotensive anaesthetized rats have been studied.


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  • K. Mohan Dhasmana
  • Ajay K. Banerjee
  • Pramod R. Saxena

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