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Title: Artemether Bioavailability after Oral or Intramuscular Administration in Uncomplicated Falciparum Malaria
Authors: Kamolrat Silamut
Paul N. Newton
Paktiya Teja-Isavadharm
Yupin Suputtamongkol
Duangsuda Siriyanonda
Maneerat Rasameesoraj
Sasithon Pukrittayakamee
Nicholas J. White
Mahidol University
Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Thailand
Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
John Radcliffe Hospital
Keywords: Medicine;Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2003
Citation: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Vol.47, No.12 (2003), 3795-3798
Abstract: The antimalarial activity of artemether following oral or intramuscular administration in the plasma of 15 adults with acute uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria was measured by bioassay. The peak concentrations in plasma following oral administration were higher in patients with acute illness (median, 1,905 mmol of dihydroartemisinin [DHA] equivalents per liter; range, 955 to 3,358 mmol of DHA equivalents per liter) than in patients in the convalescent phase (median, 955 mmol of DHA equivalents per liter; range, 576 to 1,363 mmol of DHA equivalents per liter), and clearance (CL/F) was lower in patients in the acute phase (1.11 liters/kg/h; range, 0.21 to 3.08 liters/kg/h) than in patients in the convalescent phase (median, 2.76 liters/kg/h; range, 1.56 to 5.74 liters/kg/h) (P ≤ 0.008). Antimalarial activity in terms of the peak concentration in plasma (Cmax) after oral administration was a median of 16 times higher than that after intramuscular administration. The ratio of the area under the plasma concentration-time curve during the first 24 h (AUC0-24) after oral administration of artemether to the AUC0-24after intramuscular administration was a median of 3.3 (range, 1 to 11) (P = 0.0001). In the acute phase, the time to Cmaxwas significantly shorter after oral administration (median, 1 h; range, 0.5 to 3.0 h) than after intramuscular administration (median, 8 h; range, 4 to 24 h) (P = 0.001). Intramuscular artemether is absorbed very slowly in patients with acute malaria.
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http://repository.li.mahidol.ac.th/dspace/handle/123456789/21006
ISSN: 00664804
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