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Plasma and whole blood concentrations of proguanil, its active metabolite cycloguanil, and the inactive metabolite 4-chlorophenyl-biguanide, were measured by HPLC in 10 healthy Karen women in the last trimester of pregnancy, following a 200 mg single oral dose of proguanil. Four of these women were restudied 2 months after delivery. The pharmacokinetic properties of proguanil were similar during and after pregnancy. Median peak plasma concentrations of proguanil during pregnancy and following delivery were 212 and 215, and occurred at 4.5 and 5 h, respectively. Mean plasma AUC values for proguanil during and following pregnancy were 94 and 98, respectively. Corresponding whole blood AUC values were 361 and 396 The mean elimination half lives and mean residence times of proguanil in plasma and whole blood were 12.3 and 19.6 h and 13.8 and 20.7 h respectively during pregnancy. Following pregnancy these values were 17.1 and 19.7 h for plasma and 19.7 h and 20.2 h for whole blood respectively. Mean peak plasma and whole blood concentrations of cycloguanil following pregnancy were 25 and 22 respectively. During pregnancy peak cycloguanil concentrations in both plasma and whole blood were markedly lower, 13 and 12 ng ml-1, respectively. Two pregnant women (neither of whom were restudied) were probably poor metabolisers of proguanil. The mean ratio of proguanil to cycloguanil plasma AUC was 16.7 in the third trimester of pregnancy and 7.8 following pregnancy, compared with less than 5 in previously reported studies.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)


Journal article


Eur J Clin Pharmacol

Publication Date





247 - 251


Biguanides, Female, Humans, Malaria, Male, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic, Pregnancy Trimester, Third, Proguanil, Triazines