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Type: Journal article
Title: Pharmacokinetic considerations in gastrointestinal motor disorders
Author: Hebbard, G.
Sun, W.M.
Bochner, F.
Horowitz, M.
Citation: Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 1995; 28(1):41-66
Publisher: ADIS Press International
Issue Date: 1995
ISSN: 0312-5963
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Geoffrey S. Hebbard, Wei Ming Sun, Felix Bochner, Michael Horowitz
Abstract: Although it has been recognised that alterations in gastrointestinal motility, whether induced by physiological or pathological processes, have significant effects on the pharmacokinetics of orally administered drugs, this subject has received inappropriately little attention. Studies relating to this topic have focused on healthy volunteers and animals and have largely been confined to the effects of single drug doses. There is limited information about the effects of disease on pharmacokinetics under steady-state conditions. Changes in gastrointestinal motility may affect the pharmacokinetics of orally administered drugs by altering the rate of delivery, bioavailability or mucosal absorption of the drug. In general the rate of absorption and time taken to achieve maximal plasma concentrations for well absorbed drugs may be modified by changes in gastrointestinal motility, but overall bioavailability is not usually affected. In these cases the therapeutic and clinical effects of the alteration in pharmacokinetics will, therefore, depend on which parameters are important for the action of the drug. For poorly absorbed drugs both the rate of absorption and bioavailability are likely to be altered by changes in gastrointestinal motility. However, the complex effects of food and disease, as well as the properties and formulation of any drug (solubility, ease of dispersion, delayed release formulation) often make the prediction of the magnitude, or even the direction, of any effect difficult to predict. Drugs with direct effects on gastrointestinal motility may influence their own patterns of absorption. In patients with gastrointestinal motility disorders, drugs administered in a controlled release formulation, or those with poor bioavailability, are most likely to have a poorly predictable therapeutic effect. Care should be taken to ensure that the formulation of the drug, its timing of administration in relation to meals and the use of coadministered drugs optimise, or at least ensure consistent absorption.
Keywords: Humans
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Opioid Peptides
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Histamine H2 Antagonists
Administration, Oral
Gastrointestinal Motility
DOI: 10.2165/00003088-199528010-00005
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