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J Clin Pharmacol. 2000 May;40(5):482-7.

Pharmacokinetics of single-dose reboxetine in volunteers with renal insufficiency.

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Centre Hospitalier General de Dreux, France.


Reboxetine is a new selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (selective NRI) for the short- and long-term treatment of depression that is effective and well tolerated at a dose of 8 to 10 mg/day. This study assessed the pharmacokinetics of reboxetine in volunteers with renal impairment. A single 4 mg dose of reboxetine was administered to a total of 18 volunteers with mild (n = 6), moderate (n = 6), or severe (n = 6) renal impairment (creatinine clearance: 56-64, 26-51, and 9-19 ml/min, respectively), and reboxetine concentrations were measured in plasma by HPLC. Mean AUC infinity increased by 43% (mild vs. severe; p < 0.01) as renal function declined, while renal clearance and total urinary excretion of unchanged reboxetine decreased by 67% and 62%, respectively (mild vs. severe; p < 0.01 for both parameters). tmax and t1/2 were not significantly different between groups. In comparison with historical data from young healthy volunteers, AUC infinity and t1/2 are at least doubled in volunteers with renal impairment, while CLr is halved. This pharmacokinetic study has shown that increasing renal dysfunction leads to increasing systemic exposure to reboxetine, particularly in severe renal insufficiency, although reboxetine was well tolerated by all volunteers. Thus, a reduction of the starting dose of reboxetine to 2 mg twice daily would be prudent in patients with renal dysfunction.

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