Journal of ocular pharmacology and therapeutics : the official journal of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Determination of tolerance to tear protein release following a twice a day topical application of N,N-dimethyl-2-phenylethylamine HCl.

PMID 8535956


In an effort to develop a long-term topically active tear stimulant, it was important to determine if tolerance developed following the repeated instillation of N,N-Dimethyl-2-phenylethylamine hydrochloride (AF2975) to the albino rabbit eye. New Zealand white rabbits were administered AF2975 (0.15%) twice a day (9 am and 4:30 pm) for 10 days. The right eye received the drug solution (50 microliters) and the left eye received an equal volume of the vehicle. Prior to dosing and at the end of first and last dose (10 and 60 minutes post-dosing), protein secretion was measured with the use of Schirmer tear test strips placed under the lower lid of each eye for five minutes. The strips absorbed tears from which protein was extracted. Eyes treated with AF2975 showed a statistically significant % increase in protein release compared to baseline values. Control eyes did not show statistically significant increases over baseline. A comparison of % changes from baseline in protein secretion rates after the first and last dose showed no significant differences in either treated or control eyes at 10 and 60 minutes postdosing. These results indicate that tolerance does not occur for protein secretion of topically administered AF2975 (0.15%) following a twice a day dosing schedule for 10 days to the rabbit eye.

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