Effects of indomethacin on plasma homovanillic acid concentration in normal subjects: a study of prostaglandin-dopamine interactions

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 1991;103(1):95-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02244081.


In laboratory animals, prostaglandins have been shown to act as endogenous neuromodulators of central dopamine (DA) activity. To examine the interaction between prostaglandins and DA in man, the effect of a prostaglandin synthesis inhibitor, indomethacin, was studied on plasma concentrations of the DA metabolite, homovanillic acid (pHVA). Indomethacin (150 mg PO) as compared to placebo significantly elevated mean pHVA concentrations in eight normal subjects. Results of this study support the hypothesis that, as in animals, inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis increases central DA turnover in man.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dopamine / physiology*
  • Half-Life
  • Homovanillic Acid / blood*
  • Humans
  • Indomethacin / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Prostaglandins / physiology*
  • Reference Values


  • Prostaglandins
  • Dopamine
  • Homovanillic Acid
  • Indomethacin