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Title: Possible analgesic and anti-inflammatory interactions of aspartame with opioids and NSAIDs
Authors: Sharma, Sameer
Jain, N K
Kulkarni, S K
Keywords: Aspartame;NSAIDs;Opioids;Synergism
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to investigate analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of aspartame. An artificial sweetner and its combination with various opioids and NSAIDs for a possible synergistic response. The oral administration of aspartame (2- 16mg/kg, po) significantly increased the pain threshold against acetic acid-induced writhes in mice. Co-administration of aspartame ( 2mg/kg, po) with nimesulide (2 mg/kg, po) and naproxen (5 mg/kg, po) significantly reduced acetic acid-induced writhes as compared to effects per se of individual drugs. Similarly when morphine (1mg/kg. po) or pentazocine (1 mg/kg, po) was co-administered with aspartame it reduced the number of writhes as compared to their effects per se. Aspartame (4.8.16 mg/kg, po) significantly decreased carrageenan-induced increase in paw volume and also reversed the hyperalgesic effects in rats in combination with nimesulide (2 mg/kg, po).The study indicated that aspartame exerted analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on its own and have a synergistic analgesic response with conventional analgesics of opioid and non-opioid type, respectively.
Page(s): 498-502
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.43(06) [June 2005]

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