Morphine in doses of 1, 2, and 4 mg/kg i.v. produced dose related elevations in cat body temperature while doses of 0.25 and 0.50 mg/kg had no such effect. Tolerance was found to develop to the hyperthermic response after seven days of daily morphine injection. Pretreatment with naloxone at a dose one-fourth the dose of morphine prevented the morphine induced rise in body temperature in all cats tested. When the cats received naloxone after twelve days of daily morphine a withdrawal syndrome resulted and was accompanied by a hypothermia that was proportional to the morphine maintenance dose and severity of withdrawal.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)