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Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1985 Jun;19(6):832-5.

Plasma concentrations of nortriptyline and its 10-hydroxy metabolite in depressed patients--relationship to the debrisoquine hydroxylation metabolic ratio.


In 20 depressed patients treated with nortriptyline (NT) there was a significant relationship between the plasma concentration of NT and the debrisoquine metabolic ratio (rs = 0.77; P less than 0.01). (The debrisoquine test was performed after stopping NT treatment). This is in agreement with the hypothesis that the hydroxylations of NT and debrisoquine are mediated by similar enzymatic mechanisms. In contrast there was no significant relationship between the debrisoquine metabolic ratio and the plasma concentrations of the active metabolite 10-hydroxy-nortriptyline. In 11 of the patients the debrisoquine metabolic ratio was significantly higher during than after NT treatment. This may be due to an inhibition of the debrisoquine hydroxylation by NT.

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