Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine

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Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine

2018, vol. 27, nr 5, May, p. 609–613

doi: 10.17219/acem/68694

Publication type: original article

Language: English

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Comparison of the anticonvulsant potency of various diuretic drugs in the maximal electroshock-induced seizure threshold test in mice

Katarzyna Załuska1,B,C,D, Maria W. Kondrat-Wróbel1,B,C,D, Jarogniew J. Łuszczki1,2,A,C,D,E,F

1 Department of Pathophysiology, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

2 Isobolographic Analysis Laboratory, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland


Background. The coexistence of seizures and arterial hypertension requires an adequate and efficacious treatment involving both protection from seizures and reduction of high arterial blood pressure. Accumulating evidence indicates that some diuretic drugs (with a well-established position in the treatment of arterial hypertension) also possess anticonvulsant properties in various experimental models of epilepsy.
Objectives. The aim of this study was to assess the anticonvulsant potency of 6 commonly used diuretic drugs (i.e., amiloride, ethacrynic acid, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, and spironolactone) in the maximal electroshock-induced seizure threshold (MEST) test in mice.
Material and Methods. Doses of the studied diuretics and their corresponding threshold increases were linearly related, allowing for the determination of doses which increase the threshold for electroconvulsions in drug-treated animals by 20% (TID20 values) over the threshold in control animals.
Results. Amiloride, hydrochlorothiazide and indapamide administered systemically (intraperitoneally – i.p.) increased the threshold for maximal electroconvulsions in mice, and the experimentally-derived TID20 values in the maximal electroshock seizure threshold test were 30.2 mg/kg for amiloride, 68.2 mg/kg for hydrochlorothiazide and 3.9 mg/kg for indapamide. In contrast, ethacrynic acid (up to 100 mg/kg), furosemide (up to 100 mg/kg) and spironolactone (up to 50 mg/kg) administered i.p. had no significant impact on the threshold for electroconvulsions in mice.
Conclusion. The studied diuretics can be arranged with respect to their anticonvulsant potency in the MEST test as follows: indapamide > amiloride > hydrochlorothiazide. No anticonvulsant effects were observed for ethacrynic acid, furosemide or spironolactone in the MEST test in mice.

Key words

diuretic drugs, threshold for electroconvulsions, TID20 values

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