Fluoride Action Network


Rats given sodium fluoride at 10 mg/kg daily by the intraperitoneal route were more sensitive to the convulsant action of strychnine and pentylenetetrazol and to electroshock. This increase in sensitivity to CNS stimulation was observed also in two other groups of rats which were given a diet with added sodium fluoride amounting to 7 and 70 parts per million in terms of fluoride. Prolonged treatment with fluoride also lengthened the sleeping time induced by pentobarbital and increased the protective effect of diphenylhydantoin against electroshock. The increase in sensitivity to some CNS-active agents in the fluoride-treated rats disappeared after these rats were given the control diet for 2 weeks,