Effect of metoclopramide on the secretion and metabolism of aldosterone in man

Ronald D. Brown, Max Wisgerhof, Nai Siang Jiang, Pai Kao, Rebecca Hegstad

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Abstract

We performed this study to determine whether metoclopramide increases the concentration of plasma aldosterone in normal man by increasing the secretion rate of aldosterone or by decreasing aldosterone metabolic clearance. On the first day that metoclopramide was administered orally to seven normal subjects, the secretion rate of aldosterone increased significantly (P < 0.05) from the rate during the preceding placebo period. By the fourth day of treatment, the secretion rate had returned to control values and remained there during an ensuing placebo period. The excretion rate of aldosterone followed a similar pattern. The increase in aldosterone secretion was accompanied by a transient but significant decrease in urinary sodium excretion. Metoclopramide administered iv had no effect on the metabolic clearance of aldosterone. Metoclopramide stimulated aldosterone-producing adenomas and nodular hyperplastic adrenal tissue resected from patients with primary aldosteronism to produce aldosterone in vitro. We conclude that metoclopramide increases the concentration of aldosterone in plasma by stimulating the secretion of aldosterone rather than by decreasing aldosterone metabolic clearance, and that metoclopramide probably stimulates aldosterone secretion by acting directly on adrenal tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1014-1018
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1981

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