Bioanalysis of racemic reboxetine and its desethylated metabolite in a therapeutic drug monitoring setting using solid phase extraction and HPLC
2001 (English)In: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, ISSN 0163-4356, E-ISSN 1536-3694, Vol. 23, no 1, 27-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Reboxetine isa new antidepressant drug acting as a potent and selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor on the noradrenergic neuronal system. Because of an expected interindividual variability in drug metabolism in the clinical practice the need for therapeutic drug monitoring routines in psychiatry is always a prominent feature. In this application, the preferred bioanalytic methodology was solid phase extraction combined with reversed-Phase high-Performance liquid chromatography and ultraviolet detection at 210 nm. The technique proved reliable, with interday and intraday variation of less than 5% and a quantification limit for reboxetine and one of its main metabolites O-Desethylreboxetine (O-Reboxetine) at 5 and 30 nmol/L, respectively. The method was applied on serum samples from 38 patients treated chronically with reboxetine. These samples were drawn as trough levels in steady state with a dosage range of 2-16 mg/day. They evidenced a mean reboxetine concentration that was fairly linear and dose proportional, although the variance in concentration was large between patients, even those taking the same dosage. O-Reboxetine was detected in quantifiable amounts in only 1 of the 38 patients (<3%). In conclusion, these results suggest that a routine reboxetine therapeutic drug monitoring service that is robust enough to produce reliable and reproducible results may be introduced into everyday clinical practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 23, no 1, 27-34 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27057DOI: 10.1097/00007691-200102000-00006PubMedID: 11206039Local ID: 11703OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27057DiVA: diva2:247608