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J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 1982 Mar;5(1):45-58.

The pharmacokinetics and tissue levels of polymyxin B, colistin and gentamicin in calves.


Following a single intravenous injection of polymyxin B, colistin (5 mg/kg, each) and gentamicin (3 mg/kg) to calves, the decline in serum antibiotic concentration generally suggested a three-compartment (open system) pharmacokinetic model. Tissue binding is a dominant factor in the distribution and elimination kinetics of the drugs. Less than 65% of the dose of polymyxin B and colistin was recovered in the urine during 48 h after treatment. Concentrations of nonbound polymyxin B and colistin in the kidney, liver, lung, heart, and skeletal muscles were similar to total (free and bound) serum drug levels, but considerably higher concentrations were found, in bound form, in chloroform-ethanol extracts of these organs. At 24 h after treatment, more than 50% of the doses of polymyxin B and colistin were present bound to the tissues; the largest amount was in the skeletal muscles. Gentamicin was concentrated in the kidney, predominantly in the free form. At 48 h after treatment the amount of gentamicin in the kidney was 6.3% of the administered dose, being more than five times greater than the corresponding amounts of polymyxin B and colistin. The extent of tissue uptake of polymyxin B and colistin limits the usefulness of kinetic values, which are derived from the analysis of serum drug levels, for the purpose of designing dosage schedules. The strong affinity of the polymyxins to the muscle tissue, and gentamicin to the kidney, can result in drug residues persisting in the body for several weeks.

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