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Amitriptyline pharmacokinetics in experimental spinal cord injury in the rabbit

Author(s): H Reihanikermani1, M Ansari1, A Soltani1, MS Meymandi2
1Department of Neurosurgery, Bahonar Hospital and Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman Medical Sciences University, Kerman, Iran 2Neuroscience Research Centre, Kerman Medical Sciences University, Kerman, Iran

Correspondence Address:
M Ansari Department of Neurosurgery, Bahonar Hospital and Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman Medical Sciences University, Kerman Iran [email protected]

Previous studies have demonstrated that pharmacokinetic behavior of several drugs such as paracetamol, theophylline, and aminoglycosides are significantly altered in spinal cord injured patients. No pharmacokinetic study of amitriptyline has been performed in patients and experimental models of spinal cord injury. Pharmacokinetic parameters of amitriptyline in orally treated rabbits subjected to laminectomy and spinal cord injury compared with those underwent laminectomy alone. Among twenty four male rabbits were included in this study, nine of them subjected to spinal cord injury at the 8 th thoracic level by knife severance method and six rabbits underwent laminectomy alone (sham group) and nine rabbits treated as control. All received a single oral dose of amitriptyline (20 mg/kg) 24 h after injury. Blood sampling were done at predetermined times to 36 h after drug administration. Amitriptyline concentration in serum samples was determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. Pharmacokinetic parameters including maximum concentration (C max ), time to reach maximum concentration (T max ), half life, and the area under the curve to last detectable concentration time point (AUC 0-t ) were directly determined from the concentration-time curve. Maximum concentration was observed at 6.5 h after administration in sham group with a concentration of 439.6 ng/ml, whereas in SCI group T max was at 2.7 h with a concentration of 2763.9 ng/ml. In control group it was 3.3 h and 396 ng/ml, respectively. In SCI group, AUC was 9465.6 ng.h/ml and half life was 6 h and for control group it was 2817.4 ng.h/ml and 6.4 h, respectively. Statistical analysis of data showed that SCI didn't induce significant changes in amitriptyline pharmacokinetic parameters.

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