Pharmacokinetics of dapsone administered daily and weekly in human immunodeficiency virus-infected children.


Journal Article

Although dapsone is a commonly used alternative agent for prophylaxis against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in children intolerant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, there are few data that describe dapsone pharmacokinetics in children. We studied dapsone pharmacokinetics in 30 children (median age, 2.8 years; age range, 0. 3 to 12 years) receiving a new proprietary liquid preparation by three dosing regimens (1 mg/kg of body weight daily, 2 mg/kg daily, or 4 mg/kg weekly). Dosing of children with 2 mg/kg daily or 4 mg/kg weekly resulted in peak concentrations equivalent to those reached in adults receiving 100-mg tablets daily. For the entire population, the median half-life was 22.2 h (range, 7.1 to 40.3 h), the median oral clearance was 0.0365 liter/kg/h (range, 0.0104 to 0.1021 liter/kg/h), and the median oral apparent volume of distribution was 1.13 liters/kg (range, 0.50 to 2.32 liters/kg). The median dapsone oral clearance was significantly increased in those infants less than 2 years of age compared to the oral clearance in those over 2 years of age (0.0484 versus 0.0278 liter/kg/h; P = 0.011). These data suggest that absorption of this liquid preparation is adequate and that the concentrations in the sera of children receiving 2 mg/kg daily or 4 mg/kg weekly are equivalent to those seen in adults receiving standard dapsone dosing. Dapsone oral clearance appears to be increased in children under 2 years of age.

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Cited Authors

  • Mirochnick, M; Cooper, E; McIntosh, K; Xu, J; Lindsey, J; Jacobus, D; Mofenson, L; Sullivan, JL; Dankner, W; Frenkel, LM; Nachman, S; Wara, DW; Johnson, D; Bonagura, VR; Rathore, MH; Cunningham, CK; McNamara, J

Published Date

  • November 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2586 - 2591

PubMed ID

  • 10543733

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10543733

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0066-4804


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States