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Bioavailability incl. Case Study – Elimination Kinetics

by Pravin Shukle, MD
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    Let's do a question. Here is a common problem. Mr. Blackstar is in heart failure with a blood pressure of 90/70, and a heart rate of 122. He has got a respiratory rate of 18, which is a bit fast. He was given 80 mg of furosemide orally to attempt diuresis, but he did not respond. He was then given 20 mg intravenously and diuresed 3 litres. Why did this happen? Is it A, oral bioavailability is less than intravenous bioavailability? B, oral solubility is less than IV solubility? C, the volume of distribution for furosemide is high? Or D, the patient is allergic to oral furosemide? You're right, A. Oral bioavailability is less than intravenous bioavailablity. Let's look at bioavailability as a concept. So you can see here, bioavailability represents the fraction of the dose that reaches the target circulation. So in the case of this particular drug, you can see that the intravenous drug has a very high initial concentration and goes down through first order kinetics. The oral drug also has first order kinetics, but it takes time to reach a certain concentration in the drug. Now the bioavailability is going to be proportional to how well you absorb the drug. In the case of IV, medication in this case is probably 100% absorbed. It's proportional to first pass metabolism when it comes to the oral drug. So sometimes, you dump the drug into the bowel before it even gets to the circulation. And finally, it's going to be proportional to your volume of distribution. We measure also the amount of drug in the body using a concept called the area under the curve. So, we take a look at the concentration curve and we measure the area underneath it, and that gives us a very good...

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    The lecture Bioavailability incl. Case Study – Elimination Kinetics by Pravin Shukle, MD is from the course Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.


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