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Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1988;35(1):81-3.

The diffusion of pirprofen into the cerebrospinal fluid in man.

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CNR Institute of Advanced Biomedical Technologies, Milan, Italy.


We have measured the concentrations of pirprofen at various times in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples, drawn during diagnostic myelography from 28 patients affected by sciatica. After intramuscular injection of 400 mg plasma concentrations of pirprofen reached a peak in 60 min then fell slowly. In contrast, the CSF concentration rose until 12 h and then fell. Pirprofen rapidly crossed the blood-brain barrier and was detectable in CSF at 15-30 min after injection. These results support the suggested hypothesis of a central analgesic action of pirprofen along with the known peripheral one. A new sensitive HPLC method was developed for measuring the concentration of pirprofen in the CSF.

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