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Intranasal Treatment of Central Nervous System Dysfunction in Humans
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
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2013 (English)In: Pharmaceutical research, ISSN 0724-8741, E-ISSN 1573-904X, Vol. 30, no 10, 2475-2484 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the most challenging problems facing modern medicine is how to deliver a given drug to a specific target at the exclusion of other regions. For example, a variety of compounds have beneficial effects within the central nervous system (CNS), but unwanted side effects in the periphery. For such compounds, traditional oral or intravenous drug delivery fails to provide benefit without cost. However, intranasal delivery is emerging as a noninvasive option for delivering drugs to the CNS with minimal peripheral exposure. Additionally, this method facilitates the delivery of large and/or charged therapeutics, which fail to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Thus, for a variety of growth factors, hormones, neuropeptides and therapeutics including insulin, oxytocin, orexin, and even stem cells, intranasal delivery is emerging as an efficient method of administration, and represents a promising therapeutic strategy for the treatment of diseases with CNS involvement, such as obesity, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, seizures, drug addiction, eating disorders, and stroke.

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2013. Vol. 30, no 10, 2475-2484 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184603DOI: 10.1007/s11095-012-0915-1ISI: 000324074800005PubMedID: 23135822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184603DiVA: diva2:576823
Available from: 2012-12-13 Created: 2012-11-09 Last updated: 2015-02-23Bibliographically approved

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