Effect of Ganciclovir on Pharmacokinetics of Mycophenolic Mofetil, in Kidney Transplant Patients

Document Type: Original Article


1 Department of Pharmacodinamy & Toxicology, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS), Mashhad, Iran

2 Nephrology Ward, Department of Internal Medicine, Imam-Reza Hospital, MUMS, Mashhad, Iran

3 Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Research Center, MUMS, Mashhad,Iran


Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is commonly administered concomitantly with ganciclovir for managing
transplant recipients who infected with CMV. This study was conducted to evaluate the probable effects of
ganciclovir on Mycophenolic acid (MPA) pharmacokinetic.
Materials and Methods
Ten kidney transplant recipients who full field inclusion and exclusion criterias enrolled in this study. The
first full profile blood sampling was taken during the combination therapy of gancyclovir and MMF. The
second sampling was taken one week after discontinuation of gancyclovir. Serum concentrations of MPA
and its glucuronide metabolite (MPAG) were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography
(HPLC) method. The pharmacokinetic parameters of MPA were measured, in two conditions, for each
There was no significant difference between MPA clearance alone and in combination with ganciclovir
(28.221.9 L/h vs 31.921.3 L/h, p=0.207) and also no significant difference was seen between the MPA
Area Under the Curve (AUC) in two conditions (43.4816.27 μg/mlh vs 39.8020.18 μg/mlh, p=0.221).
MPAG AUC was increased significantly when the drugs were administrated in combination (957.8675.2
μg/mlh vs 134861095.1μg/mlh, p=0.036). Also ganciclovir induced entrohepatic recirculation of MPA in
two patients.
The pharmacokinetic parameter of MPA was not affected by ganciclovir. But ganciclovir increased MPAG
AUC and induced enterohepatic recirculation of MPA


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