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Type: Journal article
Title: Methadone inhibits CYP2D6 and UGT2B7/2B4 in vivo: a study using codeine in methadone- and buprenorphine-maintained subjects
Author: Gelston, E.
Coller, J.
Lopatko, O.
James, H.
Schmidt, H.
White, J.
Somogyi, A.
Citation: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2012; 73(5):786-794
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0306-5251
1365-2125
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Eloise Gelston, Janet K. Coller, Olga V. Lopatko, Heather M. James, Helmut Schmidt, Jason M. White and Andrew A. Somogyi
Abstract: AIMS: To compare the O-demethylation(CYP2D6-mediated), N-demethylation(CYP3A4-mediated)and 6-glucuronidation(UGT2B4/7-mediated) metabolism of codeine between methadone- and buprenorphine-maintained CYP2D6 extensive metabolizer subjects. METHODS: Ten methadone- and eight buprenorphine-maintained subjects received a single 60 mg dose of codeine phosphate. Blood was collected at 3 h and urine over 6 h and assayed for codeine, norcodeine, morphine, morphine-3-and-6-glucuronides and codeine-6-glucuronide. RESULTS: The urinary metabolic ratio for O-demethylation was significantly higher(P = 0.0044) in the subjects taking methadone (mean ± SD, 2.8 ± 3.1) compared with those taking buprenorphine (0.60 ± 0.43), likewise for 6-glucuronide formation (0.31 ± 0.24 vs. 0.053 ± 0.027; P < 0.0002), but there was no significant difference(P = 0.36) in N-demethylation. Similar changes in plasma metabolic ratios were also found. In plasma, compared with those maintained on buprenorphine, the methadone-maintained subjects had increased codeine and norcodeine concentrations (P < 0.004), similar morphine(P = 0.72) and lower morphine-3- and -6- and codeine-6-glucuronide concentrations (P < 0.008). CONCLUSION: Methadone is associated with inhibition of CYP2D6 and UGTs 2B4 and 2B7 reactions in vivo, even though it is not a substrate for these enzymes. Plasma morphine was not altered, owing to the opposing effects of inhibition of both formation and elimination; however, morphine-6-glucuronide(analgesically active) concentrations were substantially reduced. Drug interactions with methadone are likely to include drugs metabolized by various UGTs and CYP2D6.
Keywords: Buprenorphine; codeine metabolism; CYP2D6 inhibition; glucuronidation inhibition; methadone
Rights: © 2011 The Authors. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2011 The British Pharmacological Society
RMID: 0020118311
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2011.04145.x
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