By what mechanism does ondansetron inhibit colonic migrating motor complexes: does it require endogenous serotonin in the gut wall?
Spencer, Nicholas John
Nicholas, Sarah J
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5-HT3 antagonists, such as ondansetron (Zofran), retard colonic transit and provide effective relief of symptoms of chronic diarrhea and diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but the mechanism by which ondansetron retards transit is unclear. What is clear is that the frequency of colonic migrating motor complexes (CMMCs) is reduced by ondansetron, which could account for reduced transit. Our aim was to determine whether an acute depletion of 5-HT from enteric neurons would inhibit spontaneous CMMCs; and determine whether the sensitivity of ondansetron to reduce CMMC frequency would change in a 5-HT-depleted preparation.