The pharmacokinetic parameters of ranitidine were studied following administration of a single intravenous dose in 9 critically ill infants. Ranitidine disposition was best described by a biphasic elimination curve. For 8 patients, the mean values for T( 1/2 ), apparent volume of distribution, and total clearance were 2.09 h, 1.61 l/kg, and 13.93 ml/min/kg, respectively. Based on simulated steady-state concentration profiles, a dose of 0.7 mg/kg administered intravenously every 6 h should maintain serum levels above 40 ng/ml for 4.7 h of the dosing interval with a wide degree of variability.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Developmental Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1989|