alexa Similar discriminative-stimulus effects of D-amphetamine in women and men.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Vansickel AR, Lile JA, Stoops WW, Rush CR

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Abstract The results of controlled non-human animal and human laboratory studies are mixed regarding whether women and men respond differently to stimulant drugs. In order to assess potential gender differences in the effects of D-amphetamine, we conducted a retrospective analysis of six studies conducted in our laboratory that used identical procedures and measures. Thirteen women and fourteen men learned to discriminate 15 mg oral D-amphetamine. After acquiring the discrimination (i.e., >or=80\% correct responding on 4 consecutive sessions), the effects of a range of doses of D-amphetamine (0, 2.5, 5, 10, and 15 mg) alone and in combination with other drugs, were assessed. Only data from sessions in which D-amphetamine was administered alone were included in this analysis. D-amphetamine functioned as a discriminative stimulus and dose-dependently increased drug-appropriate responding. Women and men did not differ in their ability to discriminate D-amphetamine. Women and men differed on participant-ratings of high (womenmen) and sluggish (women This article was published in Pharmacol Biochem Behav and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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