Bromocriptine-induced decrease in blood pressure in conscious spontaneously hypertensive rats: Evidence for a peripheral site of action Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The aim of the study was to discover whether the dopamine agonist bromocriptine has a central or peripheral site of action on blood pressure. An intraperitoneal injection of bromocriptine (0.5 mg kg-1) induced a long-lasting decrease in blood pressure in conscious spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). This effect was blocked by peripheral pretreatment with haloperidol or domperidone, but not by central treatment with haloperidol. A central injection of bromocriptine had only minor effects on blood pressure. These results suggest that primarily peripheral, rather than central, mechanisms are involved in the hypotensive effects of bromocriptine.

publication date

  • September 1989