Original Article: PDF OnlyKane K. A.; Leprán, I.; McDonald, F. M.; Parratt, J. R.; Szekeres, L.Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology: July-August 1980 - p 411-424 Free Abstract We determined the antidysrhythmic activity of acute or prolonged administration of Org 6001 on dysrhythmias following coronary artery ligation in conscious and anesthetized rats. Intravenous doses of 5 and 10 mg/kg of Org 6001 markedly protected against postligation dysrhythmias in anesthetized rats, whereas a single oral dose of 10 mg/kg given 1 hr prior to ligation did not. Prolonged oral administration of Org 6001, 10 mg/kg twice daily for 10 days, the last dose given 1 hr before ligation, reduced the incidence of ventricular fibrillation and increased survival in both conscious and anesthetized animals. This effective antidysrhythmic dose regimen resulted in drug concentrations of 335 ± 68 ng/ml in plasma and 2,940 ± 408 ng Org 6001/g in the whole heart. At 24 hr after the last dose no protection against the dysrhythmias remained, and drug levels in both plasma and heart tissue were low. A good correlation was observed between the levels of Org 6001 in the heart and the reduction in the rate of rise of phase zero of cardiac action potentials obtained from drug-pretreated animals. It is concluded that prolonged administration of Org 6001 is effective against postligation dysrhythmias and that this effect may be associated with the drug's Class I activity. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.