Comparison of Duloxetine, Escitalopram, and Sertraline Effects on Cytochrome P450 2D6 Function in Healthy Volunteers

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This study is the first to directly compare the relative effects of duloxetine, escitalopram, and sertraline on the functional activity of the drug-metabolizing cytochrome P450 2D6 enzyme as assessed by changes in the pharmacokinetics of the cytochrome P450 2D6 model substrate drug, metoprolol. Single-dose pharmacokinetics of metoprolol were measured before and after 17 days of treatment with escitalopram 20 mg/d, duloxetine 60 mg/d, or sertraline 100 mg/d in young healthy male and female participants. The outcome measures were changes in metoprolol peak plasma levels, area under the plasma concentration-time curve, and clearance. The results were tested using paired t tests and independent t tests. The addition of each drug produced statistically significant changes in metoprolol pharmacokinetics. The rank order for the change in metoprolol area under the plasma concentration-time curve was duloxetine (180%) > escitalopram (89%) > sertraline (48% and 67%). Compared with sertraline, duloxetine produced statistically significantly larger changes in metoprolol pharmacokinetic parameters. The changes produced by escitalopram and sertraline were not statistically different.

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