High doses of ibuprofen have been shown to delay the progression of lung disease without serious adverse effects in patients with cystic fibrosis. To be effective, peak ibuprofen concentration of 50 to 100 mg/L has to be achieved. We developed an HPLC assay to rapidly determine plasma ibuprofen concentration. We used this assay to determine the pharmacokinetics of ibuprofen in patients with cystic fibrosis. The assay possessed linearity up to 500 mg/L, sensitivity to 1 mg/L, average recovery of 98%, and run-to-run precision (n = 23) of 3%. Furthermore, the assay proved to be free of interference from 51 medications. Observed time to peak concentration varied significantly between those receiving ibuprofen tablets (mean + SD, 94 ± 29 min, n = 16) and syrup (30 ± 0 min, n = 4) (P <0.0001). We conclude that the method described here is ideal for therapeutic monitoring of ibuprofen.
- drug monitoring
- nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry