Liquid chromatographic determination of reduced haloperidol and haloperidol concentrations in packed red blood cells from humans

G. T. Vatassery, L. A. Herzan, Maurice W Dysken

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Abstract

Haloperidol (H) is a neuroleptic drug that has one known biologically active metabolite, reduced haloperidol (RH). A liquid chromatographic method is described for the determination of both compounds in human red blood cell (RBC) samples. The drugs were extracted into hexane at high pH and back-extracted into 0.1M HCI. The acid solution was then analyzed by reversed-phase chromatography under the following conditions: column was ultrasphere ODS; eluant was acetonitrile:0.085M phoehate buffer (30:70), final pH was 3.5, flow rate was 2 mL/min; detection was by light absorption at 246 nm for H and 220 nm for RH. The minimum limits of quantitation for H and RH were 0.25 and 0.1 ng/mL of packed RBC respectively. For six selected patients on 10 or 20 mg per day of oral haloperidol the RBC to plasma concentration ratios for RH and H were 2.20 ± 0.9 (SD) and 0.81 ± 0.26, respectively. The data indicate that RH is more concentrated in RBC than in plasma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Analytical Toxicology
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1990

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