Extensión de tiempo QT
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Los cambios en la exposición mencionados se refieren a cambios en la curva de concentración plasmática-tiempo [AUC]. La exposición a simvastatina aumenta al 1099%, cuando se combina con amiodarona (157%) y diltiazem (381%). Dado que la sustancia es un profármaco, preferiríamos esperar una eficacia reducida. No detectamos ningún cambio en la exposición a amiodarona. Actualmente no podemos estimar la influencia de simvastatina y diltiazem. La exposición a diltiazem aumenta al 144%, cuando se combina con simvastatina (100%) y amiodarona (143%).
Los parámetros farmacocinéticos de la población media se utilizan como punto de partida para calcular los cambios individuales en la exposición debidos a las interacciones.
La simvastatina tiene una baja biodisponibilidad oral [ F ] del 5%, por lo que el nivel plasmático máximo [Cmax] tiende a cambiar fuertemente con una interacción. La vida media terminal [ t12 ] es de 7.9 horas y se alcanzan niveles plasmáticos constantes [ Css ] después de aproximadamente 31.6 horas. La unión a proteínas [ Pb ] es 96.5% fuerte y el volumen de distribución [ Vd ] es de 46 litros en el rango medio, El metabolismo tiene lugar principalmente a través de CYP3A4. y el transporte activo se realiza en parte a través de BCRP, MRP2 y PGP.
La amiodarona tiene una biodisponibilidad oral media [ F ] del 55%, por lo que los niveles plasmáticos máximos [Cmax] tienden a cambiar con una interacción. La vida media terminal [ t12 ] es bastante larga a las 1884 horas y los niveles plasmáticos constantes [ Css ] solo se alcanzan después de más de 7536 horas. La unión a proteínas [ Pb ] es 96% fuerte. El metabolismo tiene lugar a través de CYP2C8 y CYP3A4, entre otros. y el transporte activo tiene lugar en particular a través de PGP.
La diltiazem tiene una baja biodisponibilidad oral [ F ] del 39%, por lo que el nivel plasmático máximo [Cmax] tiende a cambiar fuertemente con una interacción. La vida media terminal [ t12 ] es bastante corta a las 6 horas y se alcanzan rápidamente niveles plasmáticos constantes [ Css ]. La unión a proteínas [ Pb ] es moderadamente fuerte al 77.5% y el volumen de distribución [ Vd ] es muy grande a 350 litros. por eso, con una tasa de extracción hepática media de 0,9, tanto el flujo sanguíneo hepático [Q] como un cambio en la unión a proteínas [Pb] son relevantes. El metabolismo tiene lugar a través de CYP2D6 y CYP3A4, entre otros. y el transporte activo tiene lugar en particular a través de PGP.
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Clasificación: Según nuestro conocimiento, ni la simvastatina, amiodarona ni la diltiazem aumentan la actividad serotoninérgica.
Recomendación: Como precaución, se debe prestar atención a los síntomas anticolinérgicos, especialmente después de aumentar la dosis y en dosis en el rango terapéutico superior.
Clasificación: La diltiazem solo tiene un efecto leve sobre el sistema anticolinérgico. El riesgo de síndrome anticolinérgico con este medicamento es bastante bajo si la dosis se encuentra en el rango habitual. Según nuestros hallazgos, ni la simvastatina ni la amiodarona aumentan la actividad anticolinérgica.
Extensión de tiempo QT
Clasificación: La amiodarona potencialmente puede causar arritmias ventriculares torsades de pointes. No conocemos ningún potencial de prolongación del intervalo QT para simvastatina y diltiazem.
Efectos secundarios generales
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Problema de coordinación (6.5%): amiodarona
Parestesia (6.5%): amiodarona
Neuropatía periférica: amiodarona
Pseudotumor cerebri: amiodarona
Visión borrosa (6.5%): amiodarona
Neuritis óptica: amiodarona
Pérdida visual: amiodarona
Edema periférico (6.3%): diltiazem
Bradicardia (2.6%): amiodarona, diltiazem
Insuficiencia cardiaca (1.9%): amiodarona, diltiazem
Bloqueo auriculoventricular: diltiazem
Arritmia ventricular: amiodarona
Infarto de miocardio: diltiazem
Fatiga (4.8%): diltiazem
Hipertiroidismo (2%): amiodarona
Síndrome de distrés respiratorio agudo (2%): amiodarona
Tos (2%): diltiazem
Fibrosis pulmonar: amiodarona
Reacciones alérgicas de la piel: diltiazem
Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson: amiodarona
Necrolisis epidérmica toxica: amiodarona
Hepatotoxicidad: amiodarona, diltiazem
Hepatitis colestásica: simvastatina
Insuficiencia hepática: simvastatina
Reacción de hipersensibilidad: amiodarona
Insuficiencia renal: amiodarona
Rotura de tendón: simvastatina
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Abstract: The calcium antagonists are valuable and widely used agents in the management of essential hypertension and angina. There is an increasing number of new agents to add to the 3 prototype substances nifedipine, diltiazem and verapamil. These new agents are dihydropyridines structurally related to nifedipine. However, they tend to have longer elimination half-lives (t 1/2 beta) and may be suitable for twice-daily administration. Amlodipine is an exception with a t 1/2 beta in excess of 30h. Apart from elimination rates, however, the pharmacokinetic characteristics of the newer agents have a notable tendency to resemble those of the established agents. They are highly cleared drugs, are relatively highly protein bound. As they are subject to significant first-pass metabolism, old age and hepatic impairment will increase their plasma concentrations due to a reduced first-pass effect. Renal impairment does little to their pharmacokinetics since the fraction eliminated unchanged by the kidney is small. For most agents, plasma concentration-response relationships have been described. Interesting areas for further research include chronopharmacokinetics, stereoselective pharmacokinetics and lipid solubility. Drugs affecting hepatic blood flow and drug metabolising capacity have predictable interaction potential. Some of the newer calcium antagonists will, like verapamil, increase plasma digoxin concentrations. Verapamil and diltiazem decrease phenazone (antipyrine) metabolism and therefore tend to decrease the metabolism of other drugs.
Abstract: We have investigated the pharmacokinetics of 14C-labeled diltiazem, 20 mg, given as an i.v. infusion over 20 min in 10 healthy volunteers. This disposition of the drug could be described using a two-compartment model with half-lives of 0.40 +/- 0.48 h (mean +/- SD) in the alpha phase and 2.77 +/- 0.82 h in the beta phase. Systemic clearance was 992 +/- 159 ml/min; the volume of the central compartment was 119 +/- 77 L, and the volume of distribution at steady state was 209 +/- 56 L. The concentrations of metabolites (deacetyldiltiazem, N-demethyldiltiazem, and N-demethyl-deacetyldiltiazem) were low, and no pharmacokinetic parameters for these could be calculated. The median cumulative excretion of radioactivity during 120 h was 87.3%. The drug was mainly excreted in urine (71.1 +/- 7.8%), and the remaining amounts was excreted in feces. There were slight but significant decreases in supine systolic and diastolic blood pressures and heart rate. The PQ interval was significantly prolonged for 5 h, and in multiple regression analyses there were good correlations (p less than 0.01) between PQ intervals and logarithms of plasma concentrations of diltiazem.
Abstract: Six healthy male volunteers received single doses of diltiazem hydrochloride on three occasions separated by at least 10 days. Modes of administration were: 10-minute intravenous infusion of a 20-mg dose; oral administration of 120 mg in solution form; and oral administration of 120 mg as two 60-mg sustained-release tablets. Diltiazem concentrations were measured by electron-capture gas chromatography in multiple plasma samples drawn during the 36 hours after dosage. Following intravenous administration, mean (+/- S.E.) pharmacokinetic variables were: elimination half-life, 11.2 (+/- 2.1) hours; volume of distribution, 11.1 (+/- 3.0) liters/kg; and total clearance, 11.5 (+/- 0.7) ml/min/kg. Oral diltiazem in solution form was rapidly absorbed, with peak plasma levels attained at 38 (+/- 6) minutes after the dose. Absolute systemic availability averaged 44% (+/- 4%). Oral administration of sustained-release tablets yielded, as predicted, slower absorption, with peak plasma concentrations attained at an average of 165 (+/- 22) minutes after dosage. Thus, oral diltiazem is incompletely bioavailable after oral administration, mainly because of first-pass hepatic extraction.
Abstract: Amiodarone is considered to be safe in patients with prior QT prolongation and torsades de pointes taking class I antiarrhythmic agents who require continued antiarrhythmic drug therapy. However, the safety of amiodarone in advanced heart failure patients with a history of drug-induced torsades de pointes, who may be more susceptible to proarrhythmia, is unknown. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess amiodarone safety and efficacy in heart failure patients with prior antiarrhythmic drug-induced torsades de pointes. We determined the history of torsades de pointes in 205 patients with heart failure treated with amiodarone, and compared the risk of sudden death in patients with and without such a history. To evaluate the possibility that all patients with a history of torsades de pointes would be at high risk for sudden death regardless of amiodarone treatment, we compared this risk in patients with a history of torsades de pointes who were and were not subsequently treated with amiodarone. Of 205 patients with advanced heart failure, 8 (4%) treated with amiodarone had prior drug-induced torsades de pointes. Despite similar severity of heart failure, the 1-year actuarial sudden death risk was markedly increased in amiodarone patients with than without prior torsades de pointes (55% vs 15%, p = 0.0001). Similarly, the incidence of 1-year sudden death was markedly increased in patients with prior torsades de pointes taking amiodarone compared with such patients who were not subsequently treated with amiodarone (55% vs 0%, p = 0.09).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of erythromycin and verapamil on the pharmacokinetics of simvastatin, an inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase. METHODS: A randomized, double-blind crossover study was performed with three phases separated by a washout period of 3 weeks. Twelve young, healthy volunteers took orally either 1.5 gm/day erythromycin, 240 mg/day verapamil, or placebo for 2 days. On day 2, 40 mg simvastatin was administered orally. Serum concentrations of simvastatin, simvastatin acid, erythromycin, verapamil, and norverapamil were measured for up to 24 hours. RESULTS: Erythromycin and verapamil increased mean peak serum concentration (Cmax) of unchanged simvastatin 3.4-fold (p < 0.001) and 2.6-fold (p < 0.05) and the area under the serum simvastatin concentration-time curve from time zero to 24 hours [AUC(0-24)] 6.2-fold (p < 0.001) and 4.6-fold (p < 0.01). Erythromycin increased the mean Cmax of active simvastatin acid fivefold (p < 0.001) and the AUC(0-24) 3.9-fold (p < 0.001). Verapamil increased the Cmax of simvastatin acid 3.4-fold (p < 0.001) and the AUC(0-24) 2.8-fold (p < 0.001). There was more than tenfold interindividual variability in the extent of simvastatin interaction with both erythromycin and verapamil. CONCLUSIONS: Both erythromycin and verapamil interact considerably with simvastatin, probably by inhibiting its cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4-mediated metabolism. Concomitant administration of erythromycin, verapamil, or other potent inhibitors of CYP3A4 with simvastatin should be avoided. As an alternative, the dosage of simvastatin should be reduced considerably, that is, by about 50% to 80%, at least when a simvastatin dosage higher than 20 mg/day is used. Possible adverse effects, such as elevation of creatine kinase level and muscle tenderness, should be closely monitored when such combinations are used.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Simvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering agent that is metabolized through CYP3A4. We studied the effect of grapefruit juice on the pharmacokinetics of orally administered simvastatin. METHODS: In a randomized, 2-phase crossover study, 10 healthy volunteers took either 200 mL double-strength grapefruit juice or water 3 times a day for 2 days. On day 3, each subject ingested 60 mg simvastatin with either 200 mL grapefruit juice or water, and an additional 200 mL was ingested 1/2 and 1 1/2 hours after simvastatin administration. Serum concentrations of simvastatin and simvastatin acid were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) and those of active (naive) and total (after hydrolysis) 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors by a radioenzyme inhibition assay. RESULTS: Grapefruit juice increased the mean peak serum concentration (Cmax) of unchanged simvastatin about 9-fold (range, 5.1-fold to 31.4-fold; P < .01) and the mean area under the serum simvastatin concentration-time curve [AUC(0-infinity)] 16-fold (range, 9.0-fold to 37.7-fold; P < .05). The mean Cmax and AUC(0-infinity) of simvastatin acid were both increased about 7-fold (P < .01). Grapefruit juice increased the mean AUC(0-infinity) of active and total HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors 2.4-fold (P < .01) and 3.6-fold (P < .01), respectively. The time of the peak concentration of active and total HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors was increased by grapefruit juice (P < .05). CONCLUSION: Grapefruit juice greatly increased serum concentrations of simvastatin and simvastatin acid and, to a lesser extent, those of active and total HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. The probable mechanism of this interaction was inhibition of CYP3A4-mediated first-pass metabolism of simvastatin by grapefruit juice in the small intestine. Concomitant use of grapefruit juice and simvastatin, at least in large amounts, should be avoided, or the dose of simvastatin should be greatly reduced.
Abstract: A novel human organic transporter, OATP2, has been identified that transports taurocholic acid, the adrenal androgen dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, and thyroid hormone, as well as the hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitor, pravastatin. OATP2 is expressed exclusively in liver in contrast to all other known transporter subtypes that are found in both hepatic and nonhepatic tissues. OATP2 is considerably diverged from other family members, sharing only 42% sequence identity with the four other subtypes. Furthermore, unlike other subtypes, OATP2 did not transport digoxin or aldosterone. The rat isoform oatp1 was also shown to transport pravastatin, whereas other members of the OATP family, i.e. rat oatp2, human OATP, and the prostaglandin transporter, did not. Cis-inhibition studies indicate that both OATP2 and roatp1 also transport other statins including lovastatin, simvastatin, and atorvastatin. In summary, OATP2 is a novel organic anion transport protein that has overlapping but not identical substrate specificities with each of the other subtypes and, with its liver-specific expression, represents a functionally distinct OATP isoform. Furthermore, the identification of oatp1 and OATP2 as pravastatin transporters suggests that they are responsible for the hepatic uptake of this liver-specific hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitor in rat and man.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Simvastatin is an inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase that is used as a cholesterol-lowering agent and is metabolized by cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) enzymes. Diltiazem is a substrate and an inhibitor of CYP3A enzymes and is commonly coadministered with cholesterol-lowering agents such as simvastatin. The objective of this study was to quantify the effect of diltiazem on the pharmacokinetics of simvastatin. METHOD: A fixed-order study was conducted in 10 healthy volunteers with a 2-week washout period between the phases. In one arm of the study, a single 20-mg dose of simvastatin was administered orally; the second arm entailed administration of a single 20-mg dose of simvastatin orally after 2 weeks of treatment with 120 mg diltiazem twice a day. RESULTS: Diltiazem significantly increased the mean peak serum concentration of simvastatin by 3.6-fold (P < .05) and simvastatin acid by 3.7-fold (P < .05). Diltiazem also significantly increased the area under the serum concentration-time curve of simvastatin 5-fold (P < .05) and the elimination half-life 2.3-fold (P < .05). There was no change in the time to peak concentration for simvastatin and simvastatin acid. CONCLUSION: Diltiazem coadministration resulted in a significant interaction with simvastatin, probably by inhibiting CYP3A-mediated metabolism. Concomitant use of diltiazem or other potent inhibitors of CYP3A with simvastatin should be avoided, or close clinical monitoring should be used.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Concomitant treatment with simvastatin and gemfibrozil, two lipid-lowering drugs, has been associated with occurrence of myopathy in case reports. The aim of this study was to determine whether gemfibrozil affects the pharmacokinetics of simvastatin and whether it affects CYP3A4 activity in vitro. METHODS: A double-blind, randomized crossover study with two phases (placebo and gemfibrozil) was carried out. Ten healthy volunteers were given gemfibrozil (600 mg twice daily) or placebo orally for 3 days. On day 3 they ingested a single 40-mg dose of simvastatin. Plasma concentrations of simvastatin and simvastatin acid were measured up to 12 hours. In addition, the effect of gemfibrozil (0 to 1,200 micromol/L) on midazolam 1'-hydroxylation, a CYP3A4 model reaction, was investigated in human liver microsomes in vitro. RESULTS: Gemfibrozil increased the mean total area under the plasma concentration-time curve of simvastatin [AUC(0-infinity)] by 35% (P < .01) and the AUC(0-infinity) of simvastatin acid by 185% (P < .001). The elimination half-life of simvastatin was increased by 74% (P < .05), and that of simvastatin acid was increased by 51% (P < .01) by gemfibrozil. The peak concentration of simvastatin acid was increased by 112%, from 3.20 +/- 2.73 ng/mL to 6.78 +/- 4.67 ng/mL (mean +/- SD; P < .01). In vitro, gemfibrozil showed no inhibition of midazolam 1'-hydroxylation. CONCLUSIONS: Gemfibrozil increases plasma concentrations of simvastatin and, in particular, its active form, simvastatin acid, suggesting that the increased risk of myopathy in combination treatment is, at least partially, of a pharmacokinetic origin. Because gemfibrozil does not inhibit CYP3A4 in vitro, the mechanism of the pharmacokinetic interaction is probably inhibition of non-CYP3A4-mediated metabolism of simvastatin acid.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: In a previous study of diltiazem (DTZ) pharmacokinetics in renal transplant patients, we speculated that a polymorphic enzyme could be involved in O-demethylation of diltiazem. The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate whether O-demethylation of DTZ is mediated by cytochrome P450-2D6 (CYP2D6). METHODS: DTZ was incubated with transfected human liver epithelial (THLE) cells expressing CYP2D6 (T5-2D6 clone). Metabolism of DTZ was studied over a concentration range of 12.5-400 microM and in the presence of quinidine (a CYP2D6 inhibitor) or erythromycin (a CYP3A4 inhibitor). THLE cells lacking CYP2D6 activity (T5-neo clone) were used as control. The culture medium of the cells, in which DTZ was dissolved, was analysed for DTZ and metabolites prior to and after 8 h of incubation using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC, UV detection). Authentic O-demethyl-DTZ (Mx) was not available, and this metabolite was therefore not identifiable. RESULTS: Desacetyl-O-demethyl-DTZ (M4) was exclusively produced during incubations of DTZ with THLE cells expressing CYP2D6. The rate of M4 formation was described using Michaelis Menten kinetics in the concentration range of DTZ used. Production of M4 was inhibited by quinidine, but not erythromycin. An unidentified chromatographic peak, which was interpreted to be Mx, showed the same pattern of formation as M4 both in absence and presence of inhibitors. N-demethylated metabolites, formed by CYP3A4, were not observed in any of the cell lines. CONCLUSION: Evidence was provided in vitro that O-demethylation of DTZ is mediated by the polymorphic isoenzyme CYP2D6. Involvement of CYP2D6 in the metabolism of DTZ may have clinical implications regarding pharmacokinetic variability and interactions.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Rifampin (rifampicin) is a potent inducer of several cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, including CYP3A4. The cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin has an extensive first-pass metabolism, and it is partially metabolized by CYP3A4. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of rifampin on the pharmacokinetics of simvastatin. METHODS: In a randomized cross-over study with two phases and a washout of 4 weeks, 10 healthy volunteers received a 5-day pretreatment with rifampin (600 mg daily) or placebo. On day 6, a single 40-mg dose of simvastatin was administered orally. Plasma concentrations of simvastatin and its active metabolite simvastatin acid were measured up to 12 hours with a sensitive liquid chromatography-ion spray tandem mass spectrometry method. RESULTS: Rifampin decreased the total area under the plasma concentration-time curve of simvastatin and simvastatin acid by 87% (P < .001) and 93% (P < .001), respectively. Also the peak concentrations of both simvastatin and simvastatin acid were reduced greatly (by 90%) by rifampin (P < .001). On the other hand, rifampin had no significant effect on the elimination half-life of simvastatin or simvastatin acid. CONCLUSIONS: Rifampin greatly decreases the plasma concentrations of simvastatin and simvastatin acid. Because the elimination half-life of simvastatin was not affected by rifampin, induction of the CYP3A4-mediated first-pass metabolism of simvastatin in the intestine and the liver probably explains this interaction. Concomitant use of potent inducers of CYP3A4 can lead to a considerably reduced cholesterol-lowering efficacy of simvastatin.
Abstract: It has earlier been shown that the isoenzymes CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 are involved in O- and N-demethylation of diltiazem (DTZ), respectively. Apparently, CYP3A4 plays a more prominent role than CYP2D6 in the overall metabolism of DTZ. However, previous observations indicate that the opposite might be true for the pharmacologically active metabolite desacetyl-DTZ (M1). Thus, the aim of the present in vitro investigation was to study the relative affinity of M1 to CYP2D6 and CYP3A4. Immortalized human liver epithelial cells transfected with either CYP2D6 or CYP3A4 were used as a model system, and the presence of M1 and its metabolites in the cell culture medium was analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography/UV detection both before and following 90 min of incubation. The estimated K(m) value for the CYP2D6-mediated O-demethylation of M1 was approximately 5 microM. In comparison, the affinity of M1 to CYP3A4 (N-demethylation) was about 100 times lower (K(m), approximately 540 microM) than to CYP2D6. These in vitro data suggest that M1 metabolism via CYP2D6, in contrast to the parent drug, probably is the preferred pathway in vivo. Metabolism mediated through CYP2D6 is associated with a substantial interindividual variability, and since M1 expresses pharmacological activity, individual CYP2D6 metabolic capacity might be an aspect to consider when using DTZ.
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Recently, it was shown in vitro that the polymorphic enzyme cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2D6 mediates O-demethylation of diltiazem. The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetics of diltiazem and its major metabolites in healthy human volunteers representing different CYP2D6 genotypes. METHODS: Norwegians of Caucasian origin were screened for their CYP2D6 genotype on the LightCycler (Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim, Germany) by melting-curve analysis of allele-specific fluorescence resonance energy transfer probes hybridized to polymerase chain reaction-amplified deoxyribonucleic acid. The first 5 individuals identified with genotypes corresponding to a homozygous extensive, heterozygous extensive, or homozygous poor CYP2D6-metabolizing phenotype, respectively, were voluntarily enrolled in the pharmacokinetic study. The participants received diltiazem, 120 mg, as a single oral dose, and plasma samples were collected up to 24 hours after administration. Plasma samples were purified by solid phase extraction. Diltiazem and 7 phase I metabolites were analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. RESULTS: The pharmacokinetics of diltiazem was not significantly different between the subgroups. However, the systemic exposure of the pharmacologically active metabolites desacetyl diltiazem and N-demethyldesacetyl diltiazem was > or = 5 times higher in poor CYP2D6 metabolizers than in extensive CYP2D6 metabolizers (P <.01). CONCLUSIONS: CYP2D6 activity does not have a major impact on the disposition of diltiazem. In contrast, desacetyl diltiazem and N-demethyldesacetyl diltiazem are markedly accumulated in individuals expressing a deficient CYP2D6 phenotype. Because these metabolites exhibit pharmacologic properties of possible importance, individual CYP2D6 activity might be an aspect to consider in the clinical use of diltiazem.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of carbamazepine on the pharmacokinetics of orally administered simvastatin in healthy volunteers. METHODS: In a randomised, two-phase crossover study and a wash out of 2 weeks, 12 healthy volunteers took carbamazepine for 14 days (600 mg daily except 200 mg daily for the first 2 days) or no drug. On day 15, each subject ingested 80 mg simvastatin. Serum concentrations of simvastatin and its active metabolite simvastatin acid were measured up to 24 h. RESULTS: Carbamazepine decreased the mean total area under the serum concentration-time curve of simvastatin and simvastatin acid by 75% ( P<0.001) and 82% ( P<0.001), respectively. The mean peak concentrations of both simvastatin and simvastatin acid were reduced by 68% ( P<0.01), and half-life of simvastatin acid was shortened from 5.9+/-0.3 h to 3.7+/-0.5 h ( P<0.01) by carbamazepine. CONCLUSION: Carbamazepine greatly reduces the serum concentrations of simvastatin and simvastatin acid, probably by inducing their metabolism. Concomitant administration of carbamazepine and simvastatin should be avoided or the dose of simvastatin should be considerably increased.
Abstract: The aim of this pharmacokinetic evaluation was to show the effect of the extra methyl group in simvastatin on esterase hydrolysis between lovastatin and simvastatin in male and female volunteers. This study was based on the plasma concentration-time curves and the pharmacokinetics of lovastatin and simvastatin with its respective active metabolite statin-beta-hydroxy acid obtained from two different bioequivalence studies, each with 18 females and 18 males. Results were: The group of female volunteers showed a higher yield of the active metabolite beta-hydroxy acid than the group of males (p < 0.002) for both lovastatin and simvastatin. This difference was not related to the body weight of both groups. In the male/female groups, subject-dependent yield of active metabolite beta-hydroxy acid was demonstrated, which was independent of the formulation. The variation in plasma/liver hydrolysis resulted in a fan-shaped distribution of data points when the AUCt lovastatin was plotted vs. that of the beta-hydroxy acid metabolite. In the fan of data points, subgroups could be distinguished, each showing a different regression line and with a different Y-intercept (AUCtbeta-hydroxy acid). Lovastatin hydrolysis was higher than simvastatin hydrolysis. It was possible to discriminate between hydrolysis of both lovastatin and simvastatin by plasma/liver or tissue esterase activity. The three subgroups of subjects (males/females) showing different but high yield of statin beta-hydroxy acid can be explained by variable hydrolysis of plasma and hepatic microsomal and cytosolic carboxyesterase activity. This study showed clearly that despite the subject-dependent hydrolysis of lovastatin/simvastatin to the active metabolite, males tend to hydrolyse less than females. The extra methyl group in simvastatin results in less hydrolysis due to steric hindrance.
Abstract: PURPOSE: In this study, P-glycoprotein (P-gp) mediated efflux of simvastatin (SV), simvastatin acid (SVA), and atorvastatin (AVA) and inhibition of P-gp by SV, SVA, and AVA were evaluated to assess the role of P-gp in drug interactions. METHODS: P-gp mediated efflux of SV, SVA, and AVA was determined by directional transport across monolayers of LLC-PK1 cells and LLC-PK1 cells transfected with human MDR1. Inhibition of P-gp was evaluated by studying the vinblastine efflux in Caco-2 cells and in P-gp overexpressing KBV1 cells at concentrations of SV, SVA, and AVA up to 50 microM. RESULTS: Directional transport studies showed insignificant P-gp mediated efflux of SV, and moderate P-gp transport [2.4-3.8 and 3.0-6.4 higher Basolateral (B) to Apical (A) than A to B transport] for SVA and AVA, respectively. Inhibition studies did not show the same trend as the transport studies with SV and AVA inhibiting P-gp (IC50 -25-50 microM) but SVA not showing any inhibition of P-gp. CONCLUSIONS: The moderate level of P-gp mediated transport and low affinity of SV, SVA, and AVA for P-gp inhibition compared to systemic drug levels suggest that drug interactions due to competition for P-gp transport is unlikely to be a significant factor in adverse drug interactions. Moreover, the inconsistencies between P-gp inhibition studies and P-gp transport of SV, SVA, and AVA indicate that the inhibition studies are not a valid means to identify statins as Pgp substrates.
Abstract: Statins are the treatment of choice for the management of hypercholesterolaemia because of their proven efficacy and safety profile. They also have an increasing role in managing cardiovascular risk in patients with relatively normal levels of plasma cholesterol. Although all statins share a common mechanism of action, they differ in terms of their chemical structures, pharmacokinetic profiles, and lipid-modifying efficacy. The chemical structures of statins govern their water solubility, which in turn influences their absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. Lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin are derived from fungal metabolites and have elimination half-lives of 1-3 h. Atorvastatin, cerivastatin (withdrawn from clinical use in 2001), fluvastatin, pitavastatin and rosuvastatin are fully synthetic compounds, with elimination half-lives ranging from 1 h for fluvastatin to 19 h for rosuvastatin. Atorvastatin, simvastatin, lovastatin, fluvastatin, cerivastatin and pitavastatin are relatively lipophilic compounds. Lipophilic statins are more susceptible to metabolism by the cytochrome P(450) system, except for pitavastatin, which undergoes limited metabolism via this pathway. Pravastatin and rosuvastatin are relatively hydrophilic and not significantly metabolized by cytochrome P(450) enzymes. All statins are selective for effect in the liver, largely because of efficient first-pass uptake; passive diffusion through hepatocyte cell membranes is primarily responsible for hepatic uptake of lipophilic statins, while hydrophilic agents are taken up by active carrier-mediated processes. Pravastatin and rosuvastatin show greater hepatoselectivity than lipophilic agents, as well as a reduced potential for uptake by peripheral cells. The bioavailability of the statins differs greatly, from 5% for lovastatin and simvastatin to 60% or greater for cerivastatin and pitavastatin. Clinical studies have demonstrated rosuvastatin to be the most effective for reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, followed by atorvastatin, simvastatin and pravastatin. As a class, statins are generally well tolerated and serious adverse events, including muscle toxicity leading to rhabdomyolysis, are rare. Consideration of the differences between the statins helps to provide a rational basis for their use in clinical practice.
Abstract: PURPOSE: To assess the possibility of using CYP2D6 10 +/- CYP3A5*3 as biomarkers to predict the pharmacokinetics of diltiazem and its two metabolites among healthy Chinese subjects. METHODS 41 healthy Chinese were genotyped for CYP3A5 3 and CYP2D6 10, and then received a single oral dose of diltiazem hydrochloride capsules (300 mg). Multiple blood samples were collected over 48 h, and the plasma concentrations of diltiazem, N-desmethyl diltiazem and desacetyl diltiazem were determined by HPLC-MS/MS. The relationships between the genotypes and pharmacokinetics were investigated. RESULTS: The pharmacokinetics of diltiazem, N-desmethyl diltiazem were not significantly affected by both CYP3A5 3 and CYP2D6*10 alleles. However, the systemic exposure of the pharmacologyically active metabolites, desacetyl diltiazem, was 2-fold higher in CYP2D6 10/10 genotype carriers than in 1/10 or 1/1 ones (AUC(o-inf) of CYP2D6 1/1, 1/10 and 10/10 are 398.2 +/- 162.9, 371,0 69.2 and 726.2 +/- 468.1 respectively, p <0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Two of the most frequent alleles, CYP3A5 3 and CYP2D6 10, among Chinese do not have major impacts on the disposition of diltiazem and N-desmethyl diltiazem. However, the desacetyl diltiazem showed 2-fold accumulation in individuals with CYP2D6 10/10 genotype. Despite this, the effect of genotype of CYP2D6 on clinical outcome of diltiazem treatment is expected to be limited.
Abstract: Transporters in proximal renal tubules contribute to the disposition of numerous drugs. Furthermore, the molecular mechanisms of tubular secretion have been progressively elucidated during the past decades. Organic anions tend to be secreted by the transport proteins OAT1, OAT3 and OATP4C1 on the basolateral side of tubular cells, and multidrug resistance protein (MRP) 2, MRP4, OATP1A2 and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) on the apical side. Organic cations are secreted by organic cation transporter (OCT) 2 on the basolateral side, and multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) proteins MATE1, MATE2/2-K, P-glycoprotein, organic cation and carnitine transporter (OCTN) 1 and OCTN2 on the apical side. Significant drug-drug interactions (DDIs) may affect any of these transporters, altering the clearance and, consequently, the efficacy and/or toxicity of substrate drugs. Interactions at the level of basolateral transporters typically decrease the clearance of the victim drug, causing higher systemic exposure. Interactions at the apical level can also lower drug clearance, but may be associated with higher renal toxicity, due to intracellular accumulation. Whereas the importance of glomerular filtration in drug disposition is largely appreciated among clinicians, DDIs involving renal transporters are less well recognized. This review summarizes current knowledge on the roles, quantitative importance and clinical relevance of these transporters in drug therapy. It proposes an approach based on substrate-inhibitor associations for predicting potential tubular-based DDIs and preventing their adverse consequences. We provide a comprehensive list of known drug interactions with renally-expressed transporters. While many of these interactions have limited clinical consequences, some involving high-risk drugs (e.g. methotrexate) definitely deserve the attention of prescribers.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The most common acquired cause of Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is drug induced QT interval prolongation. It is an electrophysiological entity, which is characterized by an extended duration of the ventricular repolarization. Reflected as a prolonged QT interval in a surface ECG, this syndrome increases the risk for polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (Torsade de Pointes) and sudden death. METHOD: Bibliographic databases as MEDLINE and EMBASE, reports and drug alerts from several regulatory agencies (FDA, EMEA, ANMAT) and drug safety guides (ICH S7B, ICH E14) were consulted to prepare this article. The keywords used were: polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, adverse drug events, prolonged QT, arrhythmias, intensive care unit and Torsade de Pointes. Such research involved materials produced up to December 2017. RESULTS: Because of their mechanism of action, antiarrhythmic drugs such as amiodarone, sotalol, quinidine, procainamide, verapamil and diltiazem are associated to the prolongation of the QTc interval. For this reason, they require constant monitoring when administered. Other noncardiovascular drugs that are widely used in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), such as ondansetron, macrolide and fluoroquinolone antibiotics, typical and atypical antipsychotics agents such as haloperidol, thioridazine, and sertindole are also frequently associated with the prolongation of the QTc interval. As a consequence, critical patients should be closely followed and evaluated. CONCLUSION: ICU patients are particularly prone to experience a QTc interval prolongation mainly for two reasons. In the first place, they are exposed to certain drugs that can prolong the repolarization phase, either by their mechanism of action or through the interaction with other drugs. In the second place, the risk factors for TdP are prevalent clinical conditions among critically ill patients. As a consequence, the attending physician is expected to perform preventive monitoring and ECG checks to control the QTc interval.
Abstract: Amiodarone is one of the most commonly used antiarrhythmic drugs. Despite its well-known side effects, amiodarone is considered to be a relatively safe drug, especially in short-term usage to prevent life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Our case demonstrates an instance where short-term usage can yield drug side effect.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Anticholinergic drugs put elderly patients at a higher risk for falls, cognitive decline, and delirium as well as peripheral adverse reactions like dry mouth or constipation. Prescribers are often unaware of the drug-based anticholinergic burden (ACB) of their patients. This study aimed to develop an anticholinergic burden score for drugs licensed in Germany to be used by clinicians at prescribing level. METHODS: A systematic literature search in pubmed assessed previously published ACB tools. Quantitative grading scores were extracted, reduced to drugs available in Germany, and reevaluated by expert discussion. Drugs were scored as having no, weak, moderate, or strong anticholinergic effects. Further drugs were identified in clinical routine and included as well. RESULTS: The literature search identified 692 different drugs, with 548 drugs available in Germany. After exclusion of drugs due to no systemic effect or scoring of drug combinations (n = 67) and evaluation of 26 additional identified drugs in clinical routine, 504 drugs were scored. Of those, 356 drugs were categorised as having no, 104 drugs were scored as weak, 18 as moderate and 29 as having strong anticholinergic effects. CONCLUSIONS: The newly created ACB score for drugs authorized in Germany can be used in daily clinical practice to reduce potentially inappropriate medications for elderly patients. Further clinical studies investigating its effect on reducing anticholinergic side effects are necessary for validation.