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For example Consider the drug kanamycin. A patient of 70 kg with normal kidney function may receive 250 mg IM every six hours (about 3 half-lives; t1/2 = 2.3 hours). If F = 1.0 and V = 13.3 liter, kel = 0.693/2.3 = 0.30 hr-1.



If ka >> kel then

Cpmin =

R = e-0.3 * 6 = 0.165

Cpmin = 3.7 mg/L

These are the results you should expect in a patient with a normal creatinine clearance value. However in a patient with a creatinine clearance of only 10 ml/min the elimination rate constant will be quite different and if the same dosage regimen were used quite different plasma concentrations would be achieved (see Figure XVI-6). The elimination rate constant for this patient would be 0.034 hr-1 (t1/2 = 20 hr). Using the same dosing regimen:

This average plasma concentration is well above the 35 mg/L which should be avoided (in the PDR 89 p740). Clearly some dosage adjustment should be made to the dosage regimen.

Figure XVI-6 Linear Plot of Cp versus Time

We should consider

a) changing the dose

b) changing the dosing interval

c) changing both the dose and the dosing interval.

We can make these alterations easily using the equation

From this we can see that decreasing the dose or increasing the dosing interval will have the desired response.

Altered dose
Assuming that a Cp of 10.4 mg/L (the value obtained in the normal patient on a normal dosage regimen) is satisfactory we can calculate a dose to achieve this value by:-


Assuming ka >> kel, R = 0.815 and Cpmin = 9.3 mg/L

Thus this new dosing regimen of 28 mg every 6 hours should work

Altered dose interval

Therefore giving 250 mg every 53 hours should achieve a satisfactory plasma concentration profile.

R = 0.165; Cpmin = 3.7 mg/L

We would expect greater fluctuations with this method and dosing every 53 hours is not all that convenient. Every 6 hours is not all that great either if a longer dosing interval would work. We might consider dosing every 24 hours.

Altered dose and interval
Using t = 24 hours

= = 113 mg every 24 hours (maybe 100 mg every 24 hours)

R = 0.442; Cpmin = 6.7 mg/L.

Figure XVI-8, Plot of Cp versus Time

The lines in Figure XVI-8 were calculated to achieve a of 10.4 mg/L using 28 mg q6h, 250 mg q54h, pr 113 mg q24h.

Similar plots can be generated with lab programs

Calculator Using Equation

Drug Information



Enter Drug Name

Enter required Cbar


Enter required F

Enter Dose


Enter V


Enter kel


Enter tau


This page was last modified: 12 February 2001

Copyright 2001 David W.A. Bourne

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