Extension de temps QT
Effets indésirables des médicaments
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Explications pour les patients
L'administration de kétoconazole et de alfuzosin doit être évitée.
Niveaux élevés d'alfuzosine - risque d'hypotensionMécanisme: l' alfuzosine est métabolisée par le CYP3A4. Les inhibiteurs du CYP3A4 peuvent également inhiber la dégradation de l'alfuzosine.
Effet: Le kétoconazole, un puissant inhibiteur du CYP3A4, a entraîné une augmentation de 2 à 3 fois les concentrations plasmatiques d'alfuzosine dans les études du fabricant. Les conséquences peuvent inclure: hypotension, vertiges, syncope. L'association avec d'autres antifongiques azolés n'a pas encore été étudiée dans les études. Cependant, en raison du potentiel inhibiteur comparable du CYP3A4, un effet similaire est à prévoir.
Mesures: La combinaison est à éviter. Si l'association est absolument nécessaire, surveillez attentivement la tension artérielle et les symptômes cliniques (étourdissements, maux de tête).
Les changements d'exposition mentionnés sont liés aux changements de la courbe concentration plasmatique en fonction du temps [ASC]. L'exposition à la alfuzosin augmente à 232%, lorsqu'il est associé à la cimétidine (117%) et à la kétoconazole (230%). Cela peut entraîner une augmentation des effets secondaires. Nous n'avons détecté aucune modification de l'exposition à la cimétidine, lorsqu'il est combiné avec la alfuzosin (100%). Nous ne pouvons actuellement pas estimer l'influence de la kétoconazole. L'exposition à la kétoconazole augmente à 119%, lorsqu'il est associé à la alfuzosin (100%) et à la cimétidine (119%).
Les paramètres pharmacocinétiques de la population moyenne sont utilisés comme point de départ pour calculer les changements individuels d'exposition dus aux interactions.
La alfuzosin a une biodisponibilité orale moyenne [ F ] de 49%, raison pour laquelle les concentrations plasmatiques maximales [Cmax] ont tendance à changer avec une interaction. La demi-vie terminale [ t12 ] est de 9.55 heures et les taux plasmatiques constants [ Css ] sont atteints après environ 9 999 heures. La liaison aux protéines [ Pb ] est modérément forte à 86% et le volume de distribution [ Vd ] est très important à 224 litres, Étant donné que la substance a un faible taux d'extraction hépatique de 0,9, le déplacement de la liaison aux protéines [Pb] dans le contexte d'une interaction peut augmenter l'exposition. Le métabolisme s'effectue principalement via le CYP3A4.
La cimétidine a une biodisponibilité orale moyenne [ F ] de 65%, raison pour laquelle les concentrations plasmatiques maximales [Cmax] ont tendance à changer avec une interaction. La demi-vie terminale [ t12 ] est assez courte à 1.6333333 heures et des taux plasmatiques constants [ Css ] sont atteints rapidement. La liaison aux protéines [ Pb ] est très faible à 19% et le volume de distribution [ Vd ] est très important à 91 litres. Le métabolisme ne se fait pas via les cytochromes communs et le transport actif s'effectue en partie via BCRP et PGP.
La kétoconazole a une biodisponibilité orale moyenne [ F ] de 67%, raison pour laquelle les concentrations plasmatiques maximales [Cmax] ont tendance à changer avec une interaction. La demi-vie terminale [ t12 ] est assez courte à 5 heures et des taux plasmatiques constants [ Css ] sont atteints rapidement. La liaison aux protéines [ Pb ] est modérément forte à 91.5% et le volume de distribution [ Vd ] est très important à 84 litres, Étant donné que la substance a un faible taux d'extraction hépatique de 0,9, le déplacement de la liaison aux protéines [Pb] dans le contexte d'une interaction peut augmenter l'exposition. Le métabolisme s'effectue principalement via le CYP3A4 et le transport actif se fait notamment via PGP.
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Évaluation: Selon nos connaissances, ni la alfuzosin, cimétidine ni la kétoconazole n'augmentent l'activité sérotoninergique.
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Recommandation: Par mesure de précaution, une attention particulière doit être portée aux symptômes anticholinergiques, en particulier après augmentation de la dose et à des doses dans l'intervalle thérapeutique supérieur.
Évaluation: La cimétidine n'a qu'un effet léger sur le système anticholinergique. Le risque de syndrome anticholinergique avec ce médicament est plutôt faible si la posologie se situe dans la plage habituelle. Selon nos résultats, ni la alfuzosin ni la kétoconazole n'augmentent l'activité anticholinergique.
Extension de temps QT
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Évaluation: En association, la alfuzosin, cimétidine et la kétoconazole peuvent potentiellement déclencher des arythmies ventriculaires de type torsades de pointes.
Effets secondaires généraux
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|Infection respiratoire supérieure||3.0 %||3.0↑||n.a.||n.a.|
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Insuffisance surrénalienne: kétoconazole
Hypotension orthostatique: alfuzosin
Arythmie ventriculaire: kétoconazole
Syndrome de l'iris disquette peropératoire: alfuzosin
Réaction d'hypersensibilité: kétoconazole
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Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the linearity of pharmacokinetic of alfuzosin, administered by oral route, at the doses of 1, 2.5, and 5 mg to 12 young healthy volunteers. The pharmacokinetic parameters (tmax, Cmax, AUC, t1/2 beta) obtained from plasma alfuzosin concentrations after administration of the three doses show that pharmacokinetics of alfuzosin is linear in the range of doses 1-5 mg. Mean pharmacokinetic parameters of alfuzosin observed after 1, 2.5, and 5 mg were, respectively: tmax (h) 1.5 +/- 0.3, 1.1 +/- 0.2, 1.3 +/- 0.1; Cmax (ng ml-1) 2.6 +/- 0.3, 9.4 +/- 1.2, 13.5 +/- 1.0; AUC (ng ml-1 h) 17.7 +/- 2.9, 51.7 +/- 7.1, 99.0 +/- 14.1; t1/2 (h) 3.7 +/- 0.4, 3.9 +/- 0.2, 3.8 +/- 0.3. Cmax (corrected by the dose) obtained after 2.5 mg was significantly higher than those obtained after 1 and 5 mg. This difference seems to be due principally to the intraindividual variability. The absence of statistically significant difference on individual values of AUC corrected by the administered dose, supports the linearity of the pharmacokinetics of alfuzosin in the range of doses between 1 and 5 mg. Some postural hypotension, clinical criterion, was observed with a frequency increasing with the dose in these healthy subjects: 0 volunteers of 12 after 1 mg, 3 volunteers of 12 after 2.5 mg and 4 volunteers of 12 after 5 mg.
Abstract: Recently, the use of astemizole and terfenadine, both non-sedating H1-antihistamines, caused considerable concern. Several case reports suggested an association of both drugs with an increased risk of torsades de pointes, a special form of ventricular tachycardia. The increased risk of both H1-antihistamines was associated with exposure to supratherapeutic doses; for terfenadine the risk was also associated with concomitant exposure to the cytochrome P-450 inhibitors ketoconazole, erythromycin and cimetidine. To predict the size of the population that runs the risk of developing this potentially fatal adverse reaction in the Netherlands, the prevalence of prescribing supratherapeutic doses and the concomitant exposure to terfenadine and cytochrome P-450 inhibitors was studied. Data were obtained from the PHARMO data base in 1990, a pharmacy-based record linkage system encompassing a catchment population of 300,000 individuals. The results of the study showed that the prescribing of supratherapeutic doses and the concomitant exposure to terfenadine and cytochrome P-450 inhibitors was low. Furthermore, the results of a sensitivity analysis showed that the risk of fatal torsades de pointes has to be as high as 1 in 10,000 to cause one death in the Netherlands in one year.
Abstract: Astemizole (Hismanal), an antihistamine agent, has been reported to be associated with ventricular arrhythmias. In this paper we present a case of QT prolongation and torsades de pointes (TdP) in a 77-year-old woman who had been taking astemizole (10 mg/day) for 6 months because of allergic skin disease. At the time of admission, the serum concentration of astemizole and its metabolites was markedly elevated at 15.85 ng/ml, approximately 3 times the normal level. The patient was also taking cimetidine, a known inhibitor of cytochrome P-450 enzymatic activity, and during her admission was diagnosed as having vasospastic angina. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of astemizole-induced QT prolongation and TdP in Japan.
Abstract: The effect of renal impairment on the safety and pharmacokinetics of a once-daily formulation of alfuzosin, 10 mg, was evaluated. In an open, single-dose study, 26 volunteers, ages 18 to 65 years, were classified as having normal renal function (n = 8) or mild (n = 6), moderate (n = 6), or severe (n = 6) renal impairment. Mean Cmax values increased by a factor of 1.20, 1.52, and 1.20 in subjects with mild, moderate, or severe renal impairment, respectively, compared with controls. Values for AUC(0-infinity) were 1.46, 1.47, and 1.44, respectively. The t(1/2z) was increased only in the group with severe renal impairment. Emergent vasodilatory adverse events were reported by 4 of 26 subjects. No discontinuations due to adverse events occurred. Laboratory parameters were satisfactory in all groups. In conclusion, once-daily alfuzosin, 10 mg, could be safely administered to patients with impaired renal function, and dosage adjustment does not seem necessary.
Abstract: Renal drug interactions can result from competitive inhibition between drugs that undergo extensive renal tubular secretion by transporters such as P-glycoprotein (P-gp). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of itraconazole, a known P-gp inhibitor, on the renal tubular secretion of cimetidine in healthy volunteers who received intravenous cimetidine alone and following 3 days of oral itraconazole (400 mg/day) administration. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was measured continuously during each study visit using iothalamate clearance. Iothalamate, cimetidine, and itraconazole concentrations in plasma and urine were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography/ultraviolet (HPLC/UV) methods. Renal tubular secretion (CL(sec)) of cimetidine was calculated as the difference between renal clearance (CL(r)) and GFR (CL(ioth)) on days 1 and 5. Cimetidine pharmacokinetic estimates were obtained for total clearance (CL(T)), volume of distribution (Vd), elimination rate constant (K(el)), area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC(0-240 min)), and average plasma concentration (Cp(ave)) before and after itraconazole administration. Plasma itraconazole concentrations following oral dosing ranged from 0.41 to 0.92 microg/mL. The cimetidine AUC(0-240 min) increased by 25% (p < 0.01) following itraconazole administration. The GFR and Vd remained unchanged, but significant reductions in CL(T) (655 vs. 486 mL/min, p < 0.001) and CL(sec) (410 vs. 311 mL/min, p = 0.001) were observed. The increased systemic exposure of cimetidine during coadministration with itraconazole was likely due to inhibition of P-gp-mediated renal tubular secretion. Further evaluation of renal P-gp-modulating drugs such as itraconazole that may alter the renal excretion of coadministered drugs is warranted.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Extended-release (ER) alfuzosin hydrochloride is the most recently approved alpha-adrenergic receptor antagonist (AARA) for the management of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although new to the United States, alfuzosin has been available in immediate-release (IR) and sustained-release (SR) formulations in other countries for many years. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews data on the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, tolerability, drug-interaction potential, and dosing of alfuzosin ER. METHODS: Relevant articles were identified through MEDLINE, EMBASE, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts searches of the English-language literature published between 1986 and September 2003 using the terms alfuzosin, alpha-adrenergic receptor antagonists, and quinazolines. The reference lists of identified articles were also searched, as were abstracts from annual meetings of the American Urological Association for the past 5 years. Data regarding the ER formulation were emphasized, and data involving the IR/SR formulations were included only when data for the ER formulation were not available or as needed for clarification. RESULTS: In comparative trials with its IR counterpart (alfuzosin ER 10 mg QD vs alfuzosin IR 2.5 mg TID), alfuzosin ER was an equieffective once-daily AARA. No comparative trials of alfuzosin ER with the SR (BID) formulation or with other AARAs were identified. Food has been found to exert a clinically important effect by enhancing the bioavailability of the ER formulation; thus, the drug should be taken on a full stomach. Hepatic impairment has been found to significantly delay the elimination of alfuzosin IF, which constitutes a contraindication to use of the ER formulation. Renal impairment does not appear to exert clinically important effects on the pharmacokinetics of alfuzosin ER. Adverse events with alfuzosin ER include dizziness, upper respiratory tract infection, headache, and fatigue, with hypotension and syncope reported rarely. Concurrent use of inhibitors of the cytochrome P450 3A4 isozyme (eg, ketoconazole, diltiazem, cimetidine, atenolol) can significantly elevate serum concentrations of alfuzosin and enhance its pharmacodynamic effects. CONCLUSIONS: In the absence of direct head-to-head comparative trials, the role of alfuzosin ER in the management of symptomatic BPH relative to that of other AARAs is unclear. Because the effect size (drug response minus placebo response) of alfuzosin ER is comparable to that of other AARAs, marked differences in efficacy are unlikely. Extrapolating from direct comparative trials between these agents and alfuzosin IR/SR, alfuzosin ER would be expected to have better cardiovascular tolerability (eg, in terms of dizziness and orthostasis) than prazosin, terazosin, or doxazosin, and to have similar tolerability to tamsulosin. However, the existing data do not suggest that alfuzosin ER is likely to represent a significant advance over tamsulosin.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The formulas for heart rate (HR) correction of QT interval have been shown to overcorrect or undercorrect this interval with changes in HR. A Holter-monitoring method avoiding the need for any correction formulas is proposed as a means to assess drug-induced QT interval changes. METHODS: A thorough QT study included 2 single doses of the alpha1-adrenergic receptor blocker alfuzosin, placebo, and a QT-positive control arm (moxifloxacin) in 48 healthy subjects. Bazett, Fridericia, population-specific (QTcN), and subject-specific (QTcNi) correction formulas were applied to 12-lead electrocardio-graphic recording data. QT1000 (QT at RR = 1000 ms), QT largest bin (at the largest sample size bin), and QT average (average QT of all RR bins) were obtained from Holter recordings by use of custom software to perform rate-independent QT analysis. RESULTS: The 3 Holter end points provided similar results, as follows: Moxifloxacin-induced QT prolongation was 7.0 ms (95% confidence interval [CI], 4.4-9.6 ms) for QT1000, 6.9 ms (95% CI, 4.8-9.1 ms) for QT largest bin, and 6.6 ms (95% CI, 4.6-8.6 ms) for QT average. At the therapeutic dose (10 mg), alfuzosin did not induce significant change in the QT. The 40-mg dose of alfuzosin increased HR by 3.7 beats/min and induced a small QT1000 increase of 2.9 ms (95% CI, 0.3-5.5 ms) (QTcN, +4.6 ms [95% CI, 2.1-7.0 ms]; QTcNi, +4.7 ms [95% CI, 2.2-7.1 ms]). Data corrected by "universal" correction formulas still showed rate dependency and yielded larger QTc change estimations. The Holter method was able to show the drug-induced changes in QT rate dependence. CONCLUSIONS: The direct Holter-based QT interval measurement method provides an alternative approach to measure rate-independent estimates of QT interval changes during treatment.
Abstract: Ketoconazole is not known to be proarrhythmic without concomitant use of QT interval-prolonging drugs. We report a woman with coronary artery disease who developed a markedly prolonged QT interval and torsades de pointes (TdP) after taking ketoconazole for treatment of fungal infection. Her QT interval returned to normal upon withdrawal of ketoconazole. Genetic study did not find any mutation in her genes that encode cardiac IKr channel proteins. We postulate that by virtue of its direct blocking action on IKr, ketoconazole alone may prolong QT interval and induce TdP. This calls for attention when ketoconazole is administered to patients with risk factors for acquired long QT syndrome.
Abstract: Anticholinergic Drug Scale (ADS) scores were previously associated with serum anticholinergic activity (SAA) in a pilot study. To replicate these results, the association between ADS scores and SAA was determined using simple linear regression in subjects from a study of delirium in 201 long-term care facility residents who were not included in the pilot study. Simple and multiple linear regression models were then used to determine whether the ADS could be modified to more effectively predict SAA in all 297 subjects. In the replication analysis, ADS scores were significantly associated with SAA (R2 = .0947, P < .0001). In the modification analysis, each model significantly predicted SAA, including ADS scores (R2 = .0741, P < .0001). The modifications examined did not appear useful in optimizing the ADS. This study replicated findings on the association of the ADS with SAA. Future work will determine whether the ADS is clinically useful for preventing anticholinergic adverse effects.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of efavirenz on the ketoconazole pharmacokinetics in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: Twelve HIV-infected patients were assigned into a one-sequence, two-period pharmacokinetic interaction study. In phase one, the patients received 400 mg of ketoconazole as a single oral dose on day 1; in phase two, they received 600 mg of efavirenz once daily in combination with 150 mg of lamivudine and 30 or 40 mg of stavudine twice daily on days 2 to 16. On day 16, 400 mg of ketoconazole was added to the regimen as a single oral dose. Ketoconazole pharmacokinetics were studied on days 1 and 16. RESULTS: Pretreatment with efavirenz significantly increased the clearance of ketoconazole by 201%. C(max) and AUC(0-24) were significantly decreased by 44 and 72%, respectively. The T ((1/2)) was significantly shorter by 58%. CONCLUSION: Efavirenz has a strong inducing effect on the metabolism of ketoconazole.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Adverse effects of anticholinergic medications may contribute to events such as falls, delirium, and cognitive impairment in older patients. To further assess this risk, we developed the Anticholinergic Risk Scale (ARS), a ranked categorical list of commonly prescribed medications with anticholinergic potential. The objective of this study was to determine if the ARS score could be used to predict the risk of anticholinergic adverse effects in a geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) cohort and in a primary care cohort. METHODS: Medical records of 132 GEM patients were reviewed retrospectively for medications included on the ARS and their resultant possible anticholinergic adverse effects. Prospectively, we enrolled 117 patients, 65 years or older, in primary care clinics; performed medication reconciliation; and asked about anticholinergic adverse effects. The relationship between the ARS score and the risk of anticholinergic adverse effects was assessed using Poisson regression analysis. RESULTS: Higher ARS scores were associated with increased risk of anticholinergic adverse effects in the GEM cohort (crude relative risk [RR], 1.5; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.3-1.8) and in the primary care cohort (crude RR, 1.9; 95% CI, 1.5-2.4). After adjustment for age and the number of medications, higher ARS scores increased the risk of anticholinergic adverse effects in the GEM cohort (adjusted RR, 1.3; 95% CI, 1.1-1.6; c statistic, 0.74) and in the primary care cohort (adjusted RR, 1.9; 95% CI, 1.5-2.5; c statistic, 0.77). CONCLUSION: Higher ARS scores are associated with statistically significantly increased risk of anticholinergic adverse effects in older patients.
Abstract: AIMS: To investigate the interaction between ketoconazole and darunavir (alone and in combination with low-dose ritonavir), in HIV-healthy volunteers. METHODS: Volunteers received darunavir 400 mg bid and darunavir 400 mg bid plus ketoconazole 200 mg bid, in two sessions (Panel 1), or darunavir/ritonavir 400/100 mg bid, ketoconazole 200 mg bid and darunavir/ritonavir 400/100 mg bid plus ketoconazole 200 mg bid, over three sessions (Panel 2). Treatments were administered with food for 6 days. Steady-state pharmacokinetics following the morning dose on day 7 were compared between treatments. Short-term safety and tolerability were assessed. RESULTS: Based on least square means ratios (90% confidence intervals), during darunavir and ketoconazole co-administration, darunavir area under the curve (AUC(12h)), maximum plasma concentration (C(max)) and minimum plasma concentration (C(min)) increased by 155% (80, 261), 78% (28, 147) and 179% (58, 393), respectively, compared with treatment with darunavir alone. Darunavir AUC(12h), C(max) and C(min) increased by 42% (23, 65), 21% (4, 40) and 73% (39, 114), respectively, during darunavir/ritonavir and ketoconazole co-administration, relative to darunavir/ritonavir treatment. Ketoconazole pharmacokinetics was unchanged by co-administration with darunavir alone. Ketoconazole AUC(12h), C(max) and C(min) increased by 212% (165, 268), 111% (81, 144) and 868% (544, 1355), respectively, during co-administration with darunavir/ritonavir compared with ketoconazole alone. CONCLUSIONS: The increase in darunavir exposure by ketoconazole was lower than that observed previously with ritonavir. A maximum ketoconazole dose of 200 mg day(-1) is recommended if used concomitantly with darunavir/ritonavir, with no dose adjustments for darunavir/ritonavir.
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: All pharmaceutical companies are required to assess pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions (DDIs) of new chemical entities (NCEs) and mathematical prediction helps to select the best NCE candidate with regard to adverse effects resulting from a DDI before any costly clinical studies. Most current models assume that the liver is a homogeneous organ where the majority of the metabolism occurs. However, the circulatory system of the liver has a complex hierarchical geometry which distributes xenobiotics throughout the organ. Nevertheless, the lobule (liver unit), located at the end of each branch, is composed of many sinusoids where the blood flow can vary and therefore creates heterogeneity (e.g. drug concentration, enzyme level). A liver model was constructed by describing the geometry of a lobule, where the blood velocity increases toward the central vein, and by modeling the exchange mechanisms between the blood and hepatocytes. Moreover, the three major DDI mechanisms of metabolic enzymes; competitive inhibition, mechanism based inhibition and induction, were accounted for with an undefined number of drugs and/or enzymes. The liver model was incorporated into a physiological-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model and simulations produced, that in turn were compared to ten clinical results. The liver model generated a hierarchy of 5 sinusoidal levels and estimated a blood volume of 283 mL and a cell density of 193 × 106 cells/g in the liver. The overall PBPK model predicted the pharmacokinetics of midazolam and the magnitude of the clinical DDI with perpetrator drug(s) including spatial and temporal enzyme levels changes. The model presented herein may reduce costs and the use of laboratory animals and give the opportunity to explore different clinical scenarios, which reduce the risk of adverse events, prior to costly human clinical studies.