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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-82

Evaluation of the interaction of intravenous and oral voriconazole with oral cyclosporine in iranian HSCT patients

1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Molouk Hadjibabaie
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jrpp.JRPP_16_163

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Objective: Voriconazole as a triazole antifungal agent is widely used for prophylaxis or treatment of fungal infections in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). It can increase blood concentrations of other medications including cyclosporine A (CsA) which are substrates for cytochrome P450 3A4. The aim of this study was to evaluate comparatively the interaction between oral/intravenous (IV) voriconazole and oral CsA. Methods: Twenty-nine recipients of allogeneic HSCT who had been already on a steady dose of CsA and were started on oral or IV voriconazole were evaluated in a prospective cohort study. Blood concentration of CsA was determined before and 5–8 days after voriconazole initiation. Plasma concentration of voriconazole was measured in steady state. The changes in blood concentration of CsA after administration of voriconazole were evaluated. Findings: The concentration/dose (C/D) ratio of CsA increased significantly (P < 0.001) after voriconazole initiation in both routes of administration (8.40%–174.10% increase in C/D ratio). The C/D ratio alteration of CsA did not differ significantly between oral and IV voriconazole group (P = 0.405). There was a significant correlation in all patients between plasma concentration of voriconazole and percentage of CsA C/D ratio increment (P = 0.046). Conclusion: There was a significant intrapatient variability in the magnitude of CsA blood concentration increment after voriconazole initiation. We also demonstrated that magnitude of drug interaction did not differ in IV and oral voriconazole administration. Furthermore, we found that the magnitude of drug interaction was correlated with plasma concentration of voriconazole.

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