Similarities in feeding behavior of chronic methamphetamine treated and withdrawn rats to VMH lesioned rats

Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1985 Dec;23(6):917-20. doi: 10.1016/0091-3057(85)90092-9.


During chronic methamphetamine (M) administration and after drug withdrawal, total daily food intake, water consumption and body weight increase was measured. Additionally, food intake in the early light phase provided an index of normal circadian rhythmicity. A parallel development of tolerance to the anorexic effect of M and increased feeding in the early light phase occurred. A further abnormal behavior of both chronic M-treated and withdrawn rats was the lack of preference reversal when given free access to concentrated vs. diluted glucose solutions. Both disturbed circadian feeding rhythmicity and inhibition of the glucose preference reversal are found in rats with ventromedial hypothalamic (VMH) lesions. Reduced food intake and diminished body weight increase is a characteristic of lateral hypothalamic lesions. By analogy, chronic M-treatment could be considered to induce a functional state similar to lesions of the medial and lateral hypothalamus, each with a different time course.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Drinking Behavior / drug effects
  • Feeding Behavior / drug effects*
  • Food Preferences / drug effects
  • Glucose / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Methamphetamine / pharmacology*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / psychology*
  • Ventromedial Hypothalamic Nucleus / physiology*


  • Methamphetamine
  • Glucose