Six female and six male healthy volunteers received 100 mg remoxipride, 200 mg sulpiride and placebo as single oral doses in a double blind trial with a randomized crossover design. The main objective was to compare the effect of the two drugs on serum prolactin levels, but effects on other hormones were also investigated. Remoxipride and sulpiride increased the serum levels of prolactin to similar peak levels. This effect was larger in female than in male subjects. Sulpiride increased prolactin levels at much lower plasma concentrations than remoxipride, and sulpiride's effect on prolactin lasted for considerably longer than remoxipride's. No consistent effects on serum levels of LH, FSH, GH, oestradiol, progesterone, testosterone or cortisol could be detected after remoxipride and sulpiride compared to placebo. No drug-related effects on plasma homovanillic acid (HVA) were found.