Combined effects of modafinil and d-amphetamine in male Sprague-Dawley rats trained to discriminate d-amphetamine

Amanda J. Quisenberry, Thomas Prisinzano, Lisa E. Baker

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Modafinil is a novel wake-promoting drug with FDA approval for the treatment of sleep-related disorders that has recently been investigated as a potential agonist replacement therapy for psychostimulant dependence. Previous research in animals and humans indicates modafinil has a lower abuse liability than traditional psychostimulants, although few studies have carefully assessed modafinil's stimulus properties in combination with other psychostimulants. The current study trained male Sprague-Dawley rats to discriminate subcutaneous injections of 0.3 mg/kg (n = 8) or 1.0 mg/kg d-amphetamine (n = 8) from saline under an FR 20 schedule of food reinforcement and substitution tests were administered with d-amphetamine (0.03-1.0 mg/kg, s.c.), modafinil (32-256 mg/kg, i.g.), and a low modafinil dose (32 mg/kg, i.g.) in combination with d-amphetamine (0.03-1.0 mg/kg, s.c.) to determine if these drugs have additive effects. The selective D2 dopamine agonist, PNU-91356A, was also tested as a positive control and ethanol and morphine were tested as negative controls. Results indicate that modafinil produced dose-dependent and statistically significant d-amphetamine-lever responding in both groups and nearly complete substitution in animals trained to discriminate 1.0 mg/kg damphetamine. Modafinil pretreatment slightly increased the discrimination of low d-amphetamine doses in animals trained to discriminate 0.3 mg/kg d-amphetamine. These results support previous findings that modafinil and d-amphetamine may have additive effects. In consideration of recent interests in modafinil as an agonist treatment for psychostimulant dependence, additional preclinical investigations utilizing other methodologies to examine modafinil in combination with other stimulants, such as behavioral sensitization paradigms or drug selfadministration, may be of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-215
Number of pages8
JournalPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
StatePublished - 2013


  • D-Amphetamine
  • Drug combinations
  • Drug discrimination
  • Modafinil
  • Training dose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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