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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Nasreen Qazi

Nasreen Qazi 

MBBS, MPhil, PhD (Pharmacology)
Professor (Associate)


Dr Nasreen Qazi,working as Associate Professor of Pharmacology and therapeutics at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro Pakistan. Has done MPhil from BMSI JPMC and PhD from Karachi university, Karachi in Pharmacology and therappeutics.


  • Feb 1991–
    Gen pharmacology, Drugs acting on GIT, antimicrobials
    Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences · pharmacology and therapeutics · LUMHS
    Pakistan · Jamshoro


  • Aug 1987–
    Jan 2016
    Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences
    pharmacology and therapeutics · MBBS, M phil, PhD
    Pakistan · Jamshoro


  • Languages
    English, Sindhi, Urdu
  • Scientific Societies
    BMJ, NEJM,

Short communication-Evaluation of antianxiety and antidepressant properties of Carthamus tinctorius L. (Safflower) petal extract



Nowadays anxiety and depression are most commonly encountered diseases. They are not only difficult to diagnose but even difficult to treat since both are sometimes seen together or one predisposes the other. Apart from this side effect profile of these drugs is also high; hence there is immense scope for the herbal drugs to treat these disorders. Present study was therefore performed to evaluate the antianxiety and antidepressant effect of Carthamus tinctorius petal extract. 28 white albino rats bred in the animal house of Department of Pharmacology, University of Karachi weighing 180-220gm were randomly divided into four groups (n=7/group) to assess behavioral effects. The anxiolytic and antidepressant effects of Carthamus tinctorius petal extract were evaluated using elevated plus maize and forced swim test respectively at100 and 200mg/kg. These effects were compared with standard drugs Diazepam (anxiolytic) 2mg/kg and Nortriptyline (antidepressant) 12.5mg/kg. Results show that CT produced highly significant anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects at both doses as compared to control, similar to standard anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs diazepam and nortriptyline. It increased the latency of first entry to closed arms and the time spent in open arms very significantly at both doses while entries to open arm were increased significantly at 100mg/kg and very significantly at 200mg/kg in EPM test and increased the immobility time very significantly in FST. Hence it can be concluded that CT may be used as an alternative therapeutic agent while treating patients with anxiety and depressive disorders

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