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Relationship of CYP2D6, CYP3A, POR, and ABCB1 Genotypes With Galantamine Plasma Concentrations.

Ther Drug Monit. 2013 Apr;35(2):270-275

Authors: Noetzli M, Guidi M, Ebbing K, Eyer S, Zumbach S, Giannakopoulos P, von Gunten A, Csajka C, Eap CB


BACKGROUND:: The frequently prescribed antidementia drug galantamine is extensively metabolized by the enzymes cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2D6 and CYP3A and is a substrate of the P-glycoprotein. We aimed to study the relationship between genetic variants influencing the activity of these enzymes and transporters with galantamine steady state plasma concentrations. METHODS:: In this naturalistic cross-sectional study, 27 older patients treated with galantamine were included. The patients were genotyped for common polymorphisms in CYP2D6, CYP3A4/5, POR, and ABCB1, and galantamine steady state plasma concentrations were determined. RESULTS:: The CYP2D6 genotype seemed to be an important determinant of galantamine pharmacokinetics, with CYP2D6 poor metabolizers presenting 45% and 61% higher dose-adjusted galantamine plasma concentrations than heterozygous and homozygous CYP2D6 extensive metabolizers (median 2.9 versus 2.0 ng/mL·mg, P = 0.025, and 1.8 ng/mL·mg, P = 0.004), respectively. CONCLUSIONS:: The CYP2D6 genotype significantly influenced galantamine plasma concentrations. The influence of CYP2D6 polymorphisms on the treatment efficacy and tolerability should be further investigated.

PMID: 23503455 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]