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Physiological effects of tranquilizers?

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    Hey folks, doing an assignment relating to the fight and flight response.

    As a part of the assignment I need to discuss a pharmaceutical agent which can be used to sedate an animal to allow for handling/examination.

    I'm doing this on the Zebra and I'm discussing Immobilon (Etorphine).

    Although I know what effects it has from looking at studies into smaller animals and the visual effects and time it takes for a zebra to succumb to it. The journals in question don't explain HOW it does what it does. Obviously it effects opioid receptors all over the body, specifically though in the spinal cord and cerebellum when I'm discussing this. However none explain the actual processes which lead to the animal experiencing catatonia, slowing respiratory rate, analgesia etc.

    I don't need information specific to Immobilon, just opioid based analgesics in general really. It's just trying to find the how it works, not just the what it does, if that makes sense?

    Just wondering if anyone has done anything similar or are possibly doing veterinary medicine and possibly have any idea of scientific papers on this area which could be of use?

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