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Crit Care Clin. 2006 Apr;22(2):255-71, vi.

Pharmacokinetic changes in critical illness.

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Department of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 26 South Dunlap, Room 210, Memphis, TN 38163, USA. bboucher@utmem.edu

Abstract

Physiologic alterations in critically ill patients can significantly affect the pharmacokinetics of drugs used in the critically ill patient population. Understanding these pharmacokinetic changes is essential relative to optimizing drug therapy. This article outlines the major differences seen in the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs in critically ill patients. Important strategies for drug therapy dosing and monitoring in these patients are also addressed.

PMID:
16677999
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2006.02.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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