Tyramine infusions in dipolar illness: Behavioral effects and longitudinal changes in pressor sensitivity

D. Pickar, R. M. Cohen, D. L. Murphy, D. Fried

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Steady state intravenous tyramine dose pressor-response tests were administered to a patient with bipolar illness during depressed and hypomanic phases of her illness. The greatest tyramine sensitivity while unmedicated occurred when the patient was hypomanic, and the least sensitivity when she was depressed before her first switch. The data raise the possibility that changes in peripheral α-adrenergic receptor sensitivity accompany spontaneous mood cycles. Tyramine produced a replicable mood and cognitive alteration only in the infusion closest to the switch from hypomania to depression, suggesting that the CNS may be particularly susceptible to peripheral noradrenergic inputs at specific points in bipolar illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1460-1463
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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