Pharmacokinetics of isosorbide dinitrate in healthy volunteers after 24- hour intravenous infusion

Alessandra Bergami, Roberto Bernasconi, Silvio Caccia, Daniele Leopaldi, Jacques Mizrahi, Marco Sardina, Renato Urso, Steve J. Warrington, Roberto Latini

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No studies have examined the pharmacokinetics of isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN) after infusion of long duration, even though such infusions are used in patients. We therefore measured ISDN and its active metabolites, isosorbide-5-mononitrate (IS5MN) and isosorbide-2-mononitrate (IS2MN), in plasma of 9 healthy volunteers who received a continuous intravenous infusion of ISDN for 24 hours at a dose rate that lowered diastolic blood pressure by 10% during the first 30 minutes of infusion. All subjects tolerated the infusion except one who experienced intolerable headache. Five subjects received 1 μg · min -1 · kg -1, one 2 μg · min -1 · kg -1 and two 4 μg · min -1 · kg -1 ISDN, whereas the full rate of 6 μg · min -1 · kg -1 was used continuously in one subject. At all infusion rates the plasma concentrations of ISDN were higher at 24 hours than at earlier times, suggesting that a steady-state condition had not been reached at that time. The same was true for the mononitrate metabolites, which reached higher plasma concentrations and were cleared more slowly than the parent compound after the end of the infusion. Apparent elimination half-lives of ISDN, IS2MN, and IS5MN were 67 ± 10 minutes, 115 ± 13 minutes, and 272 ± 38 minutes, respectively. Comparison of low-rate infusions (1 and 2 μg · min - 1 · kg -1) with high-rate infusions (4 and 6 μg · min -1 · kg -1) showed that the plasma concentration ratios at 24 hours of mononitrate metabolites to parent drug and apparent plasma clearance of ISDN were almost halved at the higher infusion rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-833
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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