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Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Aug;57(4):586-93. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit246. Epub 2013 Apr 16.

Relationship between weight, efavirenz exposure, and virologic suppression in HIV-infected patients on rifampin-based tuberculosis treatment in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5221 STRIDE Study.

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  • 1HIV/AIDS Division, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. aluetkemeyer@php.ucsf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Rifampin (RIF) upregulates CYP 450 isoenzymes, potentially lowering efavirenz (EFV) exposure. The US EFV package insert recommends an EFV dose increase for patients on RIF weighing ≥50 kg. We conducted a pharmacokinetic study to evaluate EFV trough concentrations (Cmin) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virologic suppression in patients on EFV (600 mg) and RIF-based tuberculosis treatment in the multicenter randomized trial (ACTG A5221).

METHODS:

EFV Cmin was measured 20-28 hours post-EFV dose at weeks 4, 8, 16, 24 on-RIF and weeks 4, 8 off-RIF. Results were evaluated with 2-sided Wilcoxon rank-sum, χ(2), Fisher exact tests and logistic regression (5% type I error rate).

RESULTS:

Seven hundred eighty patients received EFV; 543 provided ≥1 EFV Cmin. Median weight was 52.8 kg (interquartile range [IQR], 48.0-59.5), body mass index 19.4 kg/m(2) (IQR, 17.5-21.6), and age 34 years (IQR, 29-41); 63% were male, 74% black. Median Cmin was 1.96 µg/mL on-RIF versus 1.80 off-RIF (P = .067). Cmin were significantly higher on-RIF versus off-RIF in blacks (2.08 vs 1.75, P = .005). Weight ≥60 kg on-RIF, compared to <60 kg, was associated with lower EFV Cmin (1.68 vs 2.02, P = .021). However, weight ≥60 kg was associated with more frequent HIV RNA < 400 copies/mL at week 48, compared to weight <60 kg (81.9% vs 73.8%, P = .023).

CONCLUSIONS:

EFV and RIF-based tuberculosis therapy coadministration was associated with a trend toward higher, not lower, EFV Cmin compared to EFV alone. Patients weighing ≥60 kg had lower median EFV Cmin versus those <60 kg, but there was no association of higher weight with reduced virologic suppression. These data do not support weight-based dosing of EFV with RIF.

KEYWORDS:

HIV/AIDS; efavirenz; pharmacokinetics; rifampin; tuberculosis

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