P L Morselli

Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Catalonia, Spain

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    ABSTRACT: This is a randomised, double blind, cross-over, placebo-controlled study carried out in 12 healthy young male volunteers. It consisted of six test days separated by two week wash-out periods. The objective was to compare the potential sedative effects of 3 single oral doses of alpidem (50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg) versus diazepam (10 mg and 15 mg). Pharmacodynamics were assessed by objective psychometric tests (critical flicker fusion, choice-reaction time, manual dexterity, digit span) and subjective evaluation (visual analogue scales) before then 2 h, 4 h, 8 h and 24 h post-dose.Alpidem in dosages of 50 mg and 100 mg did not impair alertness or psychomotor performance; with 200 mg, psychometric tests and visual analogue scales demonstrated sedative effects 2 h post-dose.In contrast, diazepam in a therapeutic dosage (10 and 15 mg) produced similar impairments of vigilance and psychomotor performance as alpidem 200 mg, indicating a lack of dissociation between anxiolytic and sedative effects.
    Human Psychopharmacology Clinical and Experimental 10/2004; 8(6):409 - 415. · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This investigation studied the possible effect of different iv administration rates (bolus and infusions) of eliprodil, a new anti-ischemic agent, on the drug distribution in various body compartments. Following bolus administration of a 15-mg kg-1 dose, plasma concentrations were best fitted by a 3-compartment open model of t1/2 alpha = 14 sec, t1/2 beta = 4 min, and t1/2 gamma = 1.8 hr. Plasma and heart Cmax values were lowered by decreasing the infusion rate (the 15-mg dose was administered in 15 or 60 min) whereas brain Cmax values were not modified. In contrast, AUC values did not depend upon the rate of infusion. The present findings may have important implications in relating tissue concentrations with the desired therapeutic effect as well as with the side effects of the drug at its sites of action within brain and heart. The use of a simplified model built with plasma and tissue kinetic parameters following bolus injection allows one to predict the amount of drug present in the organs according to the mode of administration, but not the evolution of tissue to plasma ratio during the infusions.
    Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 05/1995; 23(2):147-61.
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    ABSTRACT: In a parallel-group, placebo-controlled, polysomnographic study with randomization, the possible occurrence of rebound insomnia was evaluated in 24 patients suffering from moderate to severe chronic insomnia and receiving either triazolam 0.5 mg, zolpidem 10 mg, or placebo. Treatment duration was 27 nights, followed by three placebo-controlled withdrawal nights. Both drugs showed significant efficacy compared to placebo during the active treatment period. A trend toward tolerance was noted in the triazolam group but not in the zolpidem one. The increase in total sleep time in the zolpidem group was accompanied by an increase in the number of sleep cycles. When active treatment was discontinued, clear rebound insomnia was present in the triazolam group while it was not possible to observe any rebound in the placebo and zolpidem groups. Subjective feelings of the patients, which were assessed by means of visual analog scales, correlated well with polysomnographic data. Our findings tend to indicate that, even after long-term treatment, zolpidem does not induce rebound insomnia or daytime anxiety.
    Pharmacopsychiatry 08/1994; 27(4):166-75. · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated whether a new non-benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drug, alpidem, produces weaker withdrawal symptoms than alprazolam. Under a double-blind procedure, 122 patients suffering from general anxiety disorders were randomly allocated to either alpidem (50 mg, three times a day) or alprazolam (0.5 mg, three times a day) for six weeks, followed by a two-week placebo withdrawal phase. The diagnosis of withdrawal syndrome (WS) was made, in blind conditions, on the basis of the Withdrawal Symptom Check List (WSCL), after one or two weeks of discontinuation of active treatment. The WS occurred significantly less frequently in the alpidem group (n = 10, 18%) than in the alprazolam group (n = 26, 48%). Typical withdrawal symptoms on the WSCL were also significantly less severe (P = 0.044) in the alpidem group compared with the alprazolam group. Alpidem may be a valid alternative to current benzodiazepine anxiolytic therapy because it produces fewer and weaker withdrawal symptoms than alprazolam and is better tolerated.
    The British Journal of Psychiatry 08/1994; 165(2):94-100. · 6.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Zolpidem is an imidazopyridine which binds specifically to the omega 1 receptor. Zolpidem demonstrated potent hypnotic activity at a dose of 10 mg. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of zolpidem were studied after daytime administration in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. Single doses of zolpidem (10 mg IV as a 3-min infusion and 20 mg orally) and placebo were firstly tested in 12 healthy young male volunteers. Two other doses (5 mg IV and orally) were then evaluated in 6 out of these 12 subjects. EEG (4 leads = Fp2-T4, Fp1-T3, T4-02 and T3-01), and Stanford Sleepiness Scale (SSS) were measured up to 5 h postdosing. Blood samples were also collected up to 24 h. The time course of the hypnotic activity of zolpidem, assessed by the score obtained on SSS, showed a similar profile whatever the route or the dose administered: slightly earlier onset after IV but sedative scores were reached at 30 min and the effect peaked between 1 and 1.5 h and lasted 4 h in both conditions. The EEG profile of zolpidem was characterised by a decrease of alpha activity and an increase in delta and in beta activity. The effect on beta activity was marked within the first hour and then disappeared. The time course of delta and alpha activities indicated a rapid onset (10 min after IV, 30 min after oral route) and a duration of 3-4 h. The amplitude of these relative EEG changes and their duration were independent of the route of administration and the dose administered. AUC and Cmax increased proportionally to the administered dose and elimination half life (2h), clearance and volume of distribution did not change according to the dose or the route of administration.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    Psychopharmacology 03/1994; 114(1):138-46. · 4.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 1. Litoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with antidepressant activity in animal models and in depressed patients. 2. This double-blind, cross-over, placebo-controlled study was carried out in 12 healthy young male volunteers. The aim was to assess the EEG profile of litoxetine in parallel with its pharmacokinetics after a single dose or multiple administrations for 4 days (6 doses) of two dosages (10 mg and 25 mg). Spectral analysis of four EEG leads (F4-T4, F3-T3, T4-02 and T3-01) was done up to 12 h post-dose. 3. In single or multiple doses, litoxetine induced EEG changes characterised by a dose-related increase in fast beta energies, mainly beta 2, without any changes in slow waves (delta and theta). A slight reduction in alpha activity occurred only after repeated doses. 4. EEG changes occurred after a single oral administration and lasted at least 12 h with litoxetine blood concentrations ranging from 4 to 10 ng ml-1. With repeated administrations, the pharmacodynamic steady-state was achieved as the increase in beta 2 energies was the same before and 12 h post-dose. These effects occurred with litoxetine blood concentrations ranging from 3 to 7 ng ml-1 with the 10 mg dosage and from 8 to 18 ng ml-1 with the 25 mg dosage. The EEG profile did not change after 4 days of repeated administration, indicating that tolerance did not develop. 5. Cmax and AUC showed proportionality between the administered dosages of 10 and 25 mg.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 03/1994; 37(2):157-63. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The efficacy and safety of alpidem, a new anxiolytic imidazopyridine, were compared with those of placebo in anxious elderly patients (65-80 years) by means of a randomized, double-blind, parallel group study. Following a 7-day "placebo run-in," 40 anxious patients were randomized to receive either alpidem or placebo. Daily doses ranging from 75 to 150 mg (25-50 mg t.i.d.) were administered for 3 weeks. Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety (HRSA), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-X1), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), and Clinical Global Impression (CGI) were used on days 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 for assessing efficacy. Psychomotor and mnesic performances were evaluated at the same time by means of the Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST), the Grünberger's test for fine motor coordination, and the Hawie's test for immediate memory. Possible adverse events were also recorded during the five visits. The anxiolytic efficacy of alpidem was significantly (p < 0.01) superior to that of placebo in all the rating scales adopted. The anxiolytic action was clearly evident from day 7. For most of the patients the active dose was 25 mg t.i.d. No relevant adverse effects were observed in both groups. No impairment of psychomotor and mnesic performances could be observed in the alpidem group. Alpidem is a new interesting anxiolytic drug for anxious elderly patients because it appears remarkably safe and, at effective doses, it does not impair psychomotor performances and cognitive functions.
    Clinical Neuropharmacology 12/1992; 15(6):477-87. · 1.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess the linearity of pharmacokinetic of alfuzosin, administered by oral route, at the doses of 1, 2.5, and 5 mg to 12 young healthy volunteers. The pharmacokinetic parameters (tmax, Cmax, AUC, t1/2 beta) obtained from plasma alfuzosin concentrations after administration of the three doses show that pharmacokinetics of alfuzosin is linear in the range of doses 1-5 mg. Mean pharmacokinetic parameters of alfuzosin observed after 1, 2.5, and 5 mg were, respectively: tmax (h) 1.5 +/- 0.3, 1.1 +/- 0.2, 1.3 +/- 0.1; Cmax (ng ml-1) 2.6 +/- 0.3, 9.4 +/- 1.2, 13.5 +/- 1.0; AUC (ng ml-1 h) 17.7 +/- 2.9, 51.7 +/- 7.1, 99.0 +/- 14.1; t1/2 (h) 3.7 +/- 0.4, 3.9 +/- 0.2, 3.8 +/- 0.3. Cmax (corrected by the dose) obtained after 2.5 mg was significantly higher than those obtained after 1 and 5 mg. This difference seems to be due principally to the intraindividual variability. The absence of statistically significant difference on individual values of AUC corrected by the administered dose, supports the linearity of the pharmacokinetics of alfuzosin in the range of doses between 1 and 5 mg. Some postural hypotension, clinical criterion, was observed with a frequency increasing with the dose in these healthy subjects: 0 volunteers of 12 after 1 mg, 3 volunteers of 12 after 2.5 mg and 4 volunteers of 12 after 5 mg.
    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 12/1992; 13(8):583-90. · 2.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: For the determination of zolpidem, a new sleep inducer, and its metabolites in human plasma and urine, three methods were developed that are suitable for pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and overdosing investigations. The methods used for pharmacokinetic and drug metabolism studies are based on column-switching high-performance liquid chromatography; they do not require any sample manipulation because the plasma or diluted urine is injected into a pre-column where clean-up and preconcentration take place. The analytes are transferred by valve-switching to the C18 analytical column for chromatography. To investigate overdose cases, urine samples only are used: the method is simple, because the diluted urine can be injected directly into the analytical column (phenyl type). This allows the identification and quantification of the principal urinary metabolite of zolpidem, the unchanged drug being practically undetectable. All the methods use fluorescence detection, which affords high sensitivity and selectivity. It is necessary to use a method capable of the determination of metabolites even if these are apparently pharmacologically inactive, because in different physiopathological populations the qualitative and quantitative metabolic profiles of zolpidem could be different. The method designed for the investigation of (accidental or deliberate) overdose cases is, as required on such occasions, simple and rapid, with good selectivity with respect to commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs.
    Journal of Chromatography A 11/1992; 581(2):237-50. · 4.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 1. Twelve healthy subjects were enrolled in a double-blind placebo controlled cross-over study in order to assess the possible anticholinergic effects of four doses of a new antihistamine compound, mizolastine, compared with hyoscine butylbromide (HBB) used as a reference anticholinergic drug. 2. Although mizolastine, a potent and selective H1-receptor blocker has no affinity for muscarinic receptors and does not antagonize the effects of carbachol in rodents, a study was initiated to investigate its effects on various effectors possessing muscarinic receptors (eye, heart, sweat gland, salivary gland). 3. HBB (40 mg, s.c.) impaired accommodation, decreased salivary flow and inhibited cardiac sinus arrhythmia. Pupil diameter and maximum constriction speed, carbachol-induced skin sweating and Valsalva ratio were unaffected. 4. Mizolastine (5, 10, 20, 40 mg p.o.) did not affect any parameter at any time point, demonstrating a lack of anticholinergic effect.
    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 11/1992; 34(4):328-31. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The antihistaminic activity, clinical safety, and pharmacokinetics of mizolastine (SL 85.0324) were studied in a 5-way, double-blind crossover study of ten healthy volunteers with doses of 1 to 75 mg. Inhibition of the histamine-induced wheal and flare showed clear dose-dependent antihistaminic activity beginning from the 2-mg dose with a maximum attained between 10 and 20 mg. The onset of action was rapid (one hour) and the effect persisted for more than 24 hours after a 10-mg dose or more. Mizolastine was well tolerated at doses up to 75 mg; subjective and objective signs of transient sedative activity were not observed at doses below 30 mg. The pharmacokinetic profile (rapid absorption with Tmax congruent to 1 h and elimination T1/2 of about eight hours) parallels the pharmacodynamic activity. Within the considered dose range, the pharmacokinetics was linear with no saturation phenomena.
    Annals of allergy 09/1992; 69(2):135-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The safety and efficacy of 10 or 20 mg/day zolpidem, a new hypnotic belonging to the imidazopyridine class, were studied over a 180-day period in 96 patients with sleep disorders. The treatment was continued for a further 180 days by 49 of these patients. Follow-up information from 21 patients who discontinued treatment after 180 days showed no rebound insomnia or withdrawal signs. Efficacy of treatment with respect to reduction of sleep onset latency and number of nocturnal wakenings, and improvement in duration of sleep, quality of sleep and morning wakenings was found in nearly 90% of patients and was maintained in those patients who continued treatment for 360 days. This efficacy was achieved with a stable percentage of patients receiving 10 mg/day and 20 mg/day zolpidem from day 30 to the final visit. Zolpidem, therefore, has been shown to be an effective and safe hypnotic, and to be devoid of rebound and withdrawal effects.
    The Journal of international medical research 05/1992; 20(2):162-70. · 0.96 Impact Factor
  • Drug Metabolism Reviews 02/1992; 24(2):239-66. · 5.54 Impact Factor
  • M Garreau, B Zivkovic, P L Morselli
    Clinical Neuropharmacology 02/1992; 15 Suppl 1 Pt A:407A-408A. · 1.82 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Neuropharmacology 02/1992; 15 Suppl 1 Pt A:699A-700A. · 1.82 Impact Factor
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    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 09/1991; 32(2):261-2. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diltiazem undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism; extrapolation from single to repeated administration thus underestimates plasma concentration values. In order to validate the hypothesis of a partially saturable first-pass effect, four single doses of diltiazem (10, 20, 40, and 120 mg) were administered at weekly intervals to eight healthy volunteers. Results showed that: (a) the inter-subject variability was highest at the lowest dose at the highest dose; (b) bioavailability was almost nil in 3 of 8 of the subjects after the administration of the 10 mg dose; (c) the mean bioavailability increased with the dose from 11.8 +/- 2.5 per cent after 10 mg to 28.2 per cent after 120 mg; (d) the elimination half-life was dose-related; (e) the renal excretion of diltiazem increased with the administered dose from 1.0 +/- 0.3 per cent after 10 mg to 3.0 +/- 0.5 per cent after 120 mg; (f) the greatest amounts of circulating metabolites were present after the lowest doses. These results are consistent with a partially saturable first-pass effect for diltiazem.
    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 08/1991; 12(5):391-401. · 2.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The attempt has been made to define the optimal dose regimen of clonazepam in newborns suffering from neonatal convulsions. Results obtained from 22 patients (GA 28-41 weeks; PNA 4 h to 23 days) indicated that a dose of 0.1 mg/kg every 24 h was satisfactory in the majority of the patients. It is recommended as a starting regimen.
    European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 02/1991; 40(2):193-5. · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Overnight blood sampling for repeated growth hormone (GH) assays, regarded as the most physiological assessment of GH status, may induce some disturbances in patients' sleep and then in the evaluation of GH secretion. We studied the influence of a hypnotic drug, zolpidem (10 mg), on nocturnal GH profiles (GH peak, time to first and maximum GH peak, area under the curve, mean integrated concentration) over two nights at a 7-day interval, in a double-blind cross-over design in a group of 12 young adult volunteers (27.9 +/- 4.3 years), and in a group of 12 children (10.8 +/- 2.3 years) with short stature, in a parallel double-blind study. Mean GH profiles showed no difference between zolpidem-treated subjects and placebo-treated controls, either in adults or in children. Although in these experimental conditions, sleep onset latency was significantly reduced with zolpidem in the adult volunteers, the mean time to first GH peak remained unchanged. Furthermore, GH profile did not relate with sleep duration, sleep onset latency or number of awakenings. A hypnotic drug, such as zolpidem, given at bedtime, is therefore devoided of effect on nocturnal GH profile and may be used in young children for overnight blood sampling when needed.
    Hormone Research 02/1991; 35(1):30-4. · 2.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over experiment in 21 healthy male volunteers, aged 19 to 27 y, the pharmacokinetics and tolerance of the new anxiolytic drug alpidem (SL80.0342) and its three major metabolites were studied after single doses of 25, 50, 100 and 200 mg. Plasma concentrations of alpidem (in 20 subjects) and metabolites (in 6 subjects) were measured by HPLC over a period of 54 h after dosing. Cmax, tmax and AUC(0-54) and, when possible, t1/2 were determined for alpidem and metabolites and the dose linearity of the parameters was investigated. The time to peak of alpidem was dose independent in most subjects and was short (1-4 h); the mean values at the four dosing levels were 1.9, 1.7, 1.6 and 1.8 h. The peak concentration increased with the dose, the mean values being 17, 34, 88 and 115 ng.ml-1, respectively. In 50% of the subjects Cmax tended to stabilize between the 100 and 200 mg dose. Dose linearity was also present for the AUC, which plateaued between the 100 and 200 mg dose in only 3 out of 20 subjects; the mean AUC was 119, 281, 669 and 1117 ng.ml-1.h, respectively. The apparent half-life of elimination appeared to be dose independent, mean values at the increasing dosing levels being 18.7, 19.9, 18.1, and 17.9 h. A similar relationship between the kinetics parameters and dose of the alpidem was observed for the metabolites SL83.0912, SL80.0522 and SL83.0725. The formation of metabolites was not saturated as their AUCs relative to corresponding alpidem AUCs were not dose related.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 02/1991; 41(4):369-74. · 2.74 Impact Factor

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  • 1995
    • Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol
      • Department of Clinical Pharmacology
      Badalona, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1994
    • University of Milan
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1991–1994
    • Clinical Hospital
      Ciudad de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
    • Hospital Bærum
      Drammen, Buskerud county, Norway
  • 1992
    • Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas
      Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    • Azienda Ospedaliera San Gerardo
      Monza, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1977–1989
    • Università di Pisa
      • Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
      Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
  • 1987
    • Unité Inserm U1077
      Caen, Lower Normandy, France
  • 1982–1983
    • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy
      Nancy, Lorraine, France
    • University of Bordeaux
      Burdeos, Aquitaine, France
  • 1966–1977
    • Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research
      • Department of Neuroscience
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy