Smoked Cocaine Self-Administration is Decreased by Modafinil

Division on Substance Abuse, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.
Neuropsychopharmacology (Impact Factor: 7.05). 04/2008; 33(4):761-8. DOI: 10.1038/sj.npp.1301472
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Modafinil has been reported to reduce cocaine use in a clinical sample of infrequent users (2 days/week), but the effects of modafinil on cocaine self-administration in the laboratory have not been studied. The present study investigated the effects of modafinil maintenance on cocaine self-administration by frequent users (4 days/week) under controlled laboratory conditions. During this 48-day double-blind, crossover design study, the effects of modafinil maintenance (0, 200, and 400 mg/day) on response to smoked cocaine (0, 12, 25, and 50 mg) were examined in nontreatment-seeking cocaine-dependent individuals (n=8). Cocaine significantly increased self-administration, subjective-effect ratings, and cardiovascular measures; modafinil at both doses (200 and 400 mg/day) markedly attenuated these effects. These findings agree with data from previous human laboratory and clinical investigations of modafinil as a potential cocaine abuse treatment medication. Thus, our data support the potential of modafinil as a pharmacotherapy for cocaine dependence.

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    • "As already described, GRM2 and GRM3 have inhibitory effects on presynaptic glutamate release, allowing a decrease in glutamate release when the PFC–NAc projections are activated during drug-seeking behavior.14 The effectiveness of modafinil-reducing cocaine reinstatement has been supported by different studies.94–96 "
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    • "A similar effect was found in rats with high and low baseline levels of response inhibition (SST) (Eagle et al., 2007). Finally, modafinil demonstrated promising treatment effects in cocaine and methamphetamine dependent patients with significant more negative urine samples (Dackis et al., 2005; Shearer et al., 2009), longer periods of abstinence (Dackis et al., 2005; Anderson et al., 2009), a reduction of substance use (Hart et al., 2008; Shearer et al., 2009) and less craving (Hart et al., 2008; Anderson et al., 2009). "
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    • "In addition, some academic doping has emerged because modafinil may enhance memory and attention [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]. Recently, modafinil has been implicated as a therapeutic for cocaine addiction [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]. Modafinil is attractive because it has low addictive and cardiovascular risk compared to amphetamine or methylphenidate, and could serve as a weak or slow-onset agonist in the manner that buprenorphine has been used in the treatment of opioid addiction [14]. "
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