The effects of pretreatment with drugs on drug-induced yawning and penile erection in intact and chronically castrated rats were investigated. Naloxone partially blocked yawning in intact rats and in castrated rats pretreated with dihydro-testosterone propionate (DHTP) but not in control castrates. In contrast, naloxone potentiated apomorphine-induced penile erections in intact rats. Morphine, haloperidol and atropine blocked yawning and penile erections. Methyl naloxone, methyl atropine and domperidone at doses which are selectively peripheral-acting had no effect on drug-induced yawning or penile erection indicating that both effects are mediated centrally. Pretreatment with morphine did not change the naloxone effects in intact rats. The results indicate a naloxone-androgen interaction in drug-induced yawning but the results with morphine are not consistent with a role of opiates in this interaction. The penile erection data support a direct opiate-dopamine receptor interaction in this response. The haloperidol and atropine effects support a cholinergic-dopaminergic interaction in both yawning and penile erections.

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