Hydroxyethyl starch in balanced electrolyte solution (Hextend)--pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles in healthy volunteers.


Journal Article

UNLABELLED:Hextend is a new plasma volume expander containing 6% hydroxyethyl starch (HES) in a physiologically balanced medium of electrolytes, glucose, and lactate (weight average, molecular weight 670 kDa, molar substitution 0.75). This open-label study was designed to investigate the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of Hextend in 21 healthy volunteers. We infused Hextend 10 ml/kg IV over 20 min and determined serum concentrations of HES at selected intervals over a 7-day period. Serum concentration-time curves indicated mixed pharmacokinetic behavior reflecting a two-compartment model in most subjects. The median serum half-life over 7 days was 38.2 h. The balanced formulation of the suspension medium did not seem to affect distribution, metabolism, or excretion of Hextend when compared with similar HES. Pharmacodynamic analysis demonstrated decreases in some plasma components compatible with the infusion of that volume of fluid and the duration of plasma volume expansion. Other plasma components remained unchanged, reflecting the benefit of a balanced electrolyte solution. Hemodilution was observed for 24--48 h after short-term infusion of Hextend. Some hemostatic indices showed moderate changes, and serum amylase demonstrated a temporary increase. Our study suggested that Hextend has pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles that are similar to those of other HES. IMPLICATIONS:Hextend is a new plasma volume expander containing 6% hydroxyethyl starch in a physiologically balanced medium. This open-label volunteer study demonstrated that it has pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles similar to those of established HES.

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Cited Authors

  • Wilkes, NJ; Woolf, RL; Powanda, MC; Gan, TJ; Machin, SJ; Webb, A; Mutch, M; Bennett-Guerrero, E; Mythen, M

Published Date

  • March 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 538 - 544

PubMed ID

  • 11867371

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11867371

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-7598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-2999

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00000539-200203000-00011


  • eng