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Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of Raltegravir After Single and Multiple Doses in Healthy Subjects

Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Merck Research Laboratories, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA.
Clinical Pharmacology &#38 Therapeutics (Impact Factor: 7.39). 03/2008; 83(2):293-9. DOI: 10.1038/sj.clpt.6100281
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ABSTRACT Raltegravir is a novel human immunodeficiency virus-1 integrase inhibitor with potent in vitro activity (95% inhibitory concentration (IC95)=33 nM in 50% human serum). Three double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, pharmacokinetic, safety, and tolerability studies were conducted: (1) single-dose escalation study (10-1,600 mg), (2) multiple-dose escalation study (100-800 mg q12 h x 10 days), and (3) single-dose female study (400 mg). Raltegravir was rapidly absorbed with a terminal half-life (t1/2) approximately 7-12 h. Approximately 7-14% of raltegravir was excreted unchanged in urine. Area under the curve (AUC)(0-infinity) was similar between male and female subjects. After multiple-dose administration, steady state was achieved within 2 days; there was little to modest accumulation of raltegravir. Trough levels were >33 nM for dose levels of 100 mg and greater. Raltegravir is generally well tolerated at doses of up to 1,600 mg/day given for up to 10 days and exhibits a pharmacokinetic profile supportive of twice-daily dosing with multiple doses of 100 mg and greater achieving trough levels >33 nM.

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