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1. Escitalopram
escitalopram is 10 mg once daily for the combination of two drugs i.e. atenolol and continue or if side effects occur during the escitalopram were taken and by using the dosage. Escitalopram may be taken with or dose of drugs was compared to the control without food, but should be taken at the significant as compared to control value of 2 ATENOLOL
observe the anti anxiety of drug on the rats vehicle treated to time spent in open arm of INTRODUCTION
The term "major depressive disorder" was atenolol does not pass through the blood- MATERIAL AND METHOD
general term depression is often used to Elevated Plus Maze
denote the disorder; but as it can also be Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) test (Pellow et al.,1985) for studying the anxiolytic effect in rodents was used. EPM consists of two disorder in clinical and research use. Major depression is a disabling condition which adversely affects a person's family, work after the oral administration of drugs, the or school life, sleeping and eating habits, rat was placed in centre of the maze, facing and general health. In the United States, one closed arm. During a 5 min test period the time spent in the open and closed arms; total number of arm entries. International Journal of Technical Research(IJTR)
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Treatment Schedule
Table: 1. Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) test groups with their treatment schedule:

n = number of animals used in each group.
. Treatment duration = 14 days.
Forced swimming test (FST)
The procedure as described by (Porsolt et al., 1978) was used, except that the water level
was deeper (Detke and Lucki, 1996). Swimming sessions were conducted by placing rats in
individual glass cylinders (45 cm high×20 cm in diameter) containing (25±2 °C) water 38
cm deep, so rats could not support themselves by touching the bottom with their feet.
Two swimming sessions were performed between 12:00 h and 19:00 h, an initial 15 min
pretest followed 24 h later by a 5 min test. The immobility period in seconds was measured
live in each test session by a blind observer.
Table: 2. Forced swimming test (FST) groups with their treatment schedule:
n=4 no of animal used
Experimental methods
The animals of either sex were selected randomly of uniform weight 120±5 gm from animal
house. The room temperature was maintained 22±2°C with food (Lipton India Ltd. pellets)
and water ad libitum. The animals were transferred to the laboratory at least 1h before the
start of the experiment. The experiments were performed during day (08:00-16:00 h). The
institutional animal ethical committee approved to the study protocol.

Result and Discussion
Elevated plus maze (EPM) model
Table: 3.
Elevated Plus Maze
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F= 6.38, p=0.008* compare to respective vehicle control group In the animal study we found that drugs significantly reduced the anxiety, the result was
shown in table, two drugs and its combination were taken and observed in elevated plus
maze apparatus the dose of drugs was compared to the control group and standard
escitalopram. The result of combination was found significant as compared to control value
of p was found (p=0.008). EPM was used to observe the anti anxiety of drug on the rats the
dose of the drug was compare from vehicle treated to time spent in open arm of a rats was
increasing which shown that drug is having anxiolytic activity.

Modified forced swim test
Table 4 modified forced swim test

Values are mean ± SEM of observation
The table illustrates the effect of drugs on the duration of immobility time in the MFST
model, one way ANOVA revealed that there were significant differences between treatment
groups F=10.77,p=0.001 from the vehicle treated group drugs and in combination
significantly decresed the duration of immobility time indicating anti depressant effect.


observe the effects of SSRIs in rats also provides a unique tool to understand the swimming significantly. Escitalopram is S- enantiomer of citalopram which is reported (Maciej et al., 2007; Cryan et al., 2002; to increase swimming behavior at the cost of climbing and immobility (Maciej et al., neurons on mobility of rats in FST is well established (West, 1990; Aghajanian et al., 1997; Klimek et al., 1997). An increase in significantly. The mechanism involved is increase in 5-HT synaptic concentration, reduction in the activity has the opposite decrease in LC activity could be associated with antidepressant activity of atenolol. International Journal of Technical Research(IJTR)
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both did not affected number of entries and
time spent in open arms. However,
addition of atenolol resulted in a
significant enhancement of anti-anxiety
effect, dose dependently. Our results are
in agreement with a large number of
literature reporting anti-anxiety effects of
β-blockers like atenolol, propranolol etc
(Durel et al., 1986; Hayes & Schulz,
1987). The results also justify the use of
combination of atenolol with alprazolam
(available in the market) and escitalopram
for anti-anxiety effects.
In the present study, the data clearly
demonstrates that chronic treatment with
atenolol produced antidepressant and
antianxiety effects on modified FST and
EPM respectively in rats. Its combination
with escitalopram also exhibited beneficial
effects. Hence, the study provided a
rationale for the co-administration of
atenolol with escitalopram, which may act
as a useful and potent combination in the
treatment of depressive disorders.
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