Histamine receptor blocking effects of cimetidine in the airways

V. Hartmann, H. Magnussen, W. Oliver, William W Abraham, A. Wanner, Tahir Ahmed

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Abstract

We investigated the modification of histamine-induced bronchoconstriction by the H2-antagonist cimetidine in conscious sheep. One hundred breaths of 5% histamine aerosol increased mean (SD) pulmonary resistance (RL) by 5.6 (1.4) cmH2O/1/sec. This increase in RL was completely blocked by intravenous clemastine (0.5 mg), a specific H1-antagonist, indicating that the histamine-induced bronchoconstriction was mediated by H1-receptors. Intravenous cimetidine caused a dose-dependent enhancement of the histamine response between 1 and 1000 mg with a mean peak ΔRL of 15.3 (5) cmH2O/1/sec (P<0.05) at the 1000 mg dose, while it blocked the histamine response at a dose of 2400 mg [ΔRL=1.9 (2) cmH2O/1/sec, p=NS]. This paradoxic effect was not related to an anticholinergic mechanism as intravenous cimetidine (2400 mg) failed to block carbachol-induced (25 breaths of 1% solution) bronchoconstriction. We conclude that in the ovine airway, cimetidine is a selective H2-histamine receptor blocker at lower tissue concentrations, and a combined H2- and H1-histamine receptor blocker at high tissue concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalAgents and Actions
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Hartmann, V., Magnussen, H., Oliver, W., Abraham, W. W., Wanner, A., & Ahmed, T. (1983). Histamine receptor blocking effects of cimetidine in the airways. Agents and Actions, 13(1), 16-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01994276