• The β-lipotrophin fragment des-tyrosine-γ-endorphin (DTγE) has been reported to have antipsychotic properties. We administered the compound without other psychoactive drugs to a subpopulation of schizophrenic subjects. Male patients with chronic psychotic illness and previous long-term neuroleptic therapy were given DTγE at a similar dose and duration of treatment that have been reported to be effective. No improvement in psychotic symptoms occurred; plasma prolactin level, a parameter characteristically altered by neuroleptic treatment, did not change. The beneficial effects of DTγE in schizophrenia may be specific to a diagnostic category, may be dependent on past pharmacologic treatment, or may occur only in combination with other drugs.
Tamminga CA, Tighe PJ, Chase TN, DeFraites EG, Schaffer MH. Des-Tyrosine-γ-Endorphin Administration in Chronic Schizophrenics: A Preliminary Report. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(2):167–168. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780270053006
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