Methotrexate-nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug interaction in children with arthritis

L. L. Dupuis, G. Koren, A. Shore, E. D. Silverman, R. M. Laxer

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In order to assess the interaction between methotrexate (MTX) and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAID), we studied the pharmacokinetics of oral MTX alone and in the presence of the usually prescribed NSAID in 7 children with chronic arthritis. The NSAID studied included tolmetin, indomethacin, naproxen, and aspirin. Six patients were treated with multiple NSAID. The mean MTX elimination half-life was prolonged when NSAID were coadministered (1.7 ± 0.5 vs 1.2 ± 0.1 h; p = 0.03). However, neither the apparent MTX clearance (Cl) (10.6 ± 5.5 vs 13.1 ± 3.5 l/h; p = 0.19), the area under the serum MTX concentration-time curve (Auc) (2.1 ± 1.0 vs 1.5 ± 0.6 μmol/l/h; p = 0.08) or the apparent volume of distribution (V(d)) (23.0 ± 6.2 vs 21.9 ± 6.4 l; p = 0.53) was significantly altered by the administration of NSAID. Although the differences between the mean Cl and Auc were not statistically significant, a wide variation in

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1469-1473
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug interactions
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Methotrexate
  • Pharmacokinetics


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