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J Chromatogr. 1986 Aug 22;381(1):115-26.

Ion-pair extraction and high-performance liquid chromatographic determination of tianeptine and its metabolites in human plasma, urine and tissues.


An isocratic reversed-phase ion-pair liquid chromatographic method for the determination of tianeptine and its two main metabolites in plasma, urine and tissues, using an internal standard, is reported. The influence of two stationary phases on the retention of the drugs was studied. The drugs were extracted as ion pairs, using a heptane-octanol-tetraheptylammonium bromide mixture (98:2:0.5, v/v/w) as extraction solvent. This extraction procedure yielded plasma drug recoveries of greater than 60% and allowed UV detection at 220 nm without interference from endogenous components of plasma, urine or tissues. Linear standard curves up to 1.00 micrograms/ml and drug determination down to 0.01 microgram/ml were observed. This method has been successfully applied to the analysis of human plasma and urine samples and of encephales from tianeptine-dosed rats.

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