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Pharmacokinetics and tolerability of eletriptan hydrobromide in healthy Korean subjects

Authors Kim YK, Shin KH, Alderman J, Yu KS, Jang IJ, Lee S

Received 14 August 2017

Accepted for publication 27 December 2017

Published 19 February 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 331—337


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Anastasios Lymperopoulos

Yu Kyong Kim,1 Kwang-Hee Shin,2 Jeffrey Alderman,3 Kyung-Sang Yu,1 In-Jin Jang,1 SeungHwan Lee1

1Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Seoul National University College of Medicine and Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 2College of Pharmacy, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea; 3Pfizer, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Background: Migraine is one of the most common headache disorders that greatly affect the quality of life. Selective serotonin (5-HT) receptor agonists such as triptamine-based drugs called triptans are used for treatment of migraine.
Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK) and tolerability profiles of eletriptan hydrobromide (eletriptan HBr), a selective 5-hydroxytryptamine (also known as serotonin) 1B/1D receptor agonist, in Koreans and compare the results to those observed in non-Koreans in a previously published study.
Patients and methods:
A randomized, open-label, single, and repeated-dose study was conducted in 16 healthy Korean male subjects using a four-treatment, four-period, and four-sequence crossover design (NCT01139515). The subjects received one of the following four treatments in each period: a single dose of 20, 40, 80 mg eletriptan HBr or a repeated oral dose of 40 mg 2 h apart. Blood samples were collected before and up to 26 h after dosing for quantification of plasma eletriptan concentration by high-performance liquid chromatography tandem–mass spectrometry. The PK parameters were estimated using noncompartmental methods. Ethnicity differences between Korean and non-Korean subjects were identified using geometric mean ratios and 90% confidence intervals (CIs) of dose-normalized maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) and dose-normalized area under the plasma concentration versus time curve from 0 h to the last measurable concentration (AUC0–t).
Results: After single-dose administration of eletriptan HBr to Korean subjects, the mean Cmax and AUC0–t increased linearly with dose. Comparable total systemic exposures were observed in the 2 h apart 40 mg repeated and single 80 mg dose. The geometric mean ratios (90% CIs) of the dose-normalized Cmax and AUC0–t of Korean subjects were similar to those of non-Korean subjects reported in the literature. The adverse events observed were transient and mild in severity.
Eletriptan HBr showed linear PK and was well tolerated in Korean subjects. The PK and tolerability of eletriptan HBr did not differ between Korean and non-Korean subjects.

Keywords: pharmacokinetics, migraine, eletriptan hydrobromide, Korean subjects

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