Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics of Nicotine

  • Knut-Olaf Haustein


Nicotine is the principal alkaloid of the tobacco plant. Alkaloids from other plants, e. g., coniine (from hemlock), cytisine (from laburnum) and lobeline (from Lobelia inflata or Indian tobacco), possess actions partly resembling those of nicotine (Box 4.1). Nicotine was first isolated from the leaves of tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, by Posselt and Reimann in 1828, and Orfila performed the earliest pharmacological analysis of its effects in 1843.


Nicotine Dependence Nicotinic Receptor Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Tourette Syndrome Chronic Nicotine 
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  1. 1.Institute for Nicotine Research and Smoking CessationErfurtGermany

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