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Nicotine-like discriminative stimulus effects of bupropion in rats

Bupropion, a tobacco-cessation product, shares discriminative stimulus effects with cocaine and methamphetamine. The discriminative stimulus effects of these drugs, in turn, overlap with those of nicotine. This study investigated the overlap in discriminative stimulus effects of bupropion and nicotine. Rats were trained to discriminate 0.4 mg/kg (-)-nicotine from saline in 2-lever drug discrimination. Both nicotine and bupropion substituted for nicotine; however, nicotine's effects were blocked by the nicotinic antagonist mecamylamine, whereas those of bupropion were not, These results suggest that bupropion may be producing its nicotine-like discriminative stimulus effects through a different mechanism than nicotine. Given bupropion's shared pharmacology with dopamine transport inhibitors, these effects may be produced in part through bupropion's actions on dopaminergic neurotransmission


Wiley, J., LaVecchia, KL., Martin, BR., & Damaj, MI. (2002). Nicotine-like discriminative stimulus effects of bupropion in rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 10(2), 129-135. https://doi.org/10.1037/1064-1297.10.2.129