Population pharmacokinetics of phenytoin after intravenous administration of fosphenytoin sodium in pediatric patients, adult patients, and healthy volunteers

Jun Tanaka, Hidefumi Kasai, Kenji Shimizu, Shigeki Shimasaki, Yuji Kumagai

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Purpose: We performed a population pharmacokinetic analysis of phenytoin after intravenous administration of fosphenytoin sodium in healthy, neurosurgical, and epileptic subjects, including pediatric patients, and determined the optimal dose and infusion rate for achieving the therapeutic range. Methods: We used pooled data obtained from two phase I studies and one phase III study performed in Japan. The population pharmacokinetic analysis was performed using NONMEM software. The optimal dose and infusion rate were determined using simulation results obtained using the final model. The therapeutic range for total plasma phenytoin concentration is 10-20 μg/mL. Results: We used a linear two-compartment model with conversion of fosphenytoin to phenytoin. Pharmacokinetic parameters of phenytoin, such as total clearance and central and peripheral volume of distribution were influenced by body weight. The dose simulations are as follows. In adult patients, the optimal dose and infusion rate of phenytoin for achieving the therapeutic range was 22.5 mg/kg and 3 mg/kg/min respectively. In pediatric patients, the total plasma concentration of phenytoin was within the therapeutic range for a shorter duration than that in adult patients at 22.5 mg/kg (3 mg/kg/min). However, many pediatric patients showed phenytoin concentration within the toxic range after administration of a dose of 30 mg/kg. Conclusions: The pharmacokinetics of phenytoin after intravenous administration of fosphenytoin sodium could be described using a linear two-compartment model. The administration of fosphenytoin sodium 22.5 mg/kg at an infusion rate of 3 mg/kg/min was optimal for achieving the desired plasma phenytoin concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1



  • Epileptic seizure
  • Fosphenytoin sodium injection
  • Phenytoin
  • Population pharmacokinetics
  • Status epilepticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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