Single-dose and steady-state pharmacokinetics of celecoxib in children

Diana Stempak, Janet Gammon, Julia Klein, Gideon Koren, Sylvain Baruchel

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Background and Objective: Celecoxib is a member of a novel group of agents that selectively inhibit cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2). COX-2 inhibitors have emerged as an important class of drugs because of the lower incidence of side effects when compared with traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which inhibit both cyclooxygenase 1 and COX-2. Because children often differ from adults with respect to drug disposition, the objective of this study was to determine the single-dose and steady-state pharmacokinetics of celecoxib in pediatric patients. Methods: Celecoxib plasma concentrations were determined at intervals over 12 hours after a 250-mg/m2 dose and again i week later after twice-daily dosing (steady state). Results: Peak plasma concentrations (1234 ± 528 μg/L) were achieved 3 hours after drug administration. The area under the celecoxib plasma concentration-time curve was 7709 ± 3176 μg/L · h, the elimination half-life (t1/2) was 3.7 ± 1.1 hours, the apparent volume of distribution was 7.9 ± 7.8 L/kg, and the lower oral clearance of the drug was 1.4 ± 1.0 L · h-1 · kg-1. Statistical analysis revealed a significantly higher apparent oral clearance and longer t1/2 (P < .05) at steady state compared with pharmacokinetics after a single dose. In addition, when the results were compared in children and adults, the drug was cleared approximately twice as fast in children and had a t1/2 that was approximately half as long. Conclusions: This is the first report of celecoxib pharmacokinetics in children, and the results indicate that there are significant differences between children and adults with respect to celecoxib disposition; hence these data may have implications when dosing schedules are planned for this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-497
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


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