Relationships among duration of infusion, dose, dosing interval, and steady-state plasma concentrations during intermittent intravenous infusions: Studies with metronidazole Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Relationships among duration of infusion (T), dose, dosing interval (tau), maximum and minimum plasma drug concentrations at steady state (Cmax,ss and Cmin,ss, respectively), and the duration of effective plasma concentrations (tD) during multidose intermittent infusion regimens were studied by computer simulation using metronidazole as a model drug. Pharmacokinetic parameter values for metronidazole were obtained from the literature and the minimum effective plasma concentration (MEC) was taken as 6.0 micrograms/ml. Increasing the infusion period of the dose reduces Cmax,ss, but increases Cmin,ss. If intermittent bolus injection of a given dose of drug results in effective plasma concentrations for the entire dosage interval (i.e., Cmin,ss,bolus greater than MEC), then infusion of that dose over any period (T less than or equal to tau) will also result in effective concentrations for the entire dosage interval. However, if the dosage is such that Cmin,ss,bolus less than MEC, the relationships among duration of infusion, dose, dosage interval, and duration of effective plasma concentrations are complex. Therefore a nomogram was developed to allow selection of dose, dosing interval, and infusion period such that Cmax,ss and Cmin,ss could be maintained within a desired range.

publication date

  • February 1986