The binding of diazepam, phenytoin and valproic acid to serum proteins in vitro has been compared in pregnant women of different gestational ages and in controls. The unbound fraction of each of the three drugs was elevated during pregnancy (particularly during the last 8 weeks), probably due, at least in part, to a fall in serum albumin concentration. These findings may provide a partial explanation for the increase in the clearance of certain drugs during pregnancy and need to be taken into account when interpreting serum drug levels in clinical practice.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1981|
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