Author | John G. Kuhn, PharmD

Articles

Influence of Anticonvulsants on the Metabolism and Elimination of Irinotecan

August 01, 2002

The hepatic metabolism and biliary secretion of irinotecan (CPT-11, Camptosar) and metabolites is complex and involves cytochrome P450 isoenzymes, carboxylesterases, glucuronosyltransferase, and the ATP-dependent export pumps MRP-2 and MXR. Enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EIAEDs) such as phenytoin and carbamazepine are known to induce several of the metabolic pathways relevant to ininotecan’s elimination. The North American Brain Tumor Consortium phase I study is designed to determine the maximum tolerated dose and pharmacokinetics of irinotecan given every 3 weeks to patients who are receiving EIAEDs.

Alternative Dosing Schedules for Irinotecan

August 01, 1998

Most of the clinical experience with irinotecan (CPT-11 [Camptosar]) has been with either a weekly or an every-3-week schedule. Recent phase I trials have explored new routes and schedules of administration. One approach