Pharmacokinetic modeling and Monte Carlo simulation of ondansetron following oral administration in dogs

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Ondansetron is a potent antiemetic drug that has been commonly used to treat acute and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in dogs. The aim of this study was to perform a pharmacokinetic analysis of ondansetron in dogs following oral administration of a single dose. A single 8-mg oral dose of ondansetron (Zofran®) was administered to beagles (n = 18), and the plasma concentrations of ondansetron were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The data were analyzed by modeling approaches using ADAPT5, and model discrimination was determined by the likelihood-ratio test. The peak plasma concentration (Cmax) was 11.5 ± 10.0 ng/mL at 1.1 ± 0.8 h. The area under the plasma concentration vs. time curve from time zero to the last measurable concentration was 15.9 ± 14.7 ng·h/mL, and the half-life calculated from the terminal phase was 1.3 ± 0.7 h. The interindividual variability of the pharmacokinetic parameters was high (coefficient of variation > 44.1%), and the one-compartment model described the pharmacokinetics of ondansetron well. The estimated plasma concentration range of the usual empirical dose from the Monte Carlo simulation was 0.1–13.2 ng/mL. These findings will facilitate determination of the optimal dose regimen for dogs with CINV.

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