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Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of ciprofloxacin during sustained low-efficiency dialysis


Little information is available regarding ciprofloxacin pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in sepsis patients receiving sustained low-efficiency dialysis (SLED). This study determined the pharmacokinetics and simulated pharmacodynamics of ciprofloxacin in ICU patients during SLED.


This study was a prospective evaluation of ciprofloxacin pharmacokinetics in patients with sepsis and >18 years of age, urine output <200 ml/day and receiving SLED for at least 8 hours. Following informed consent, plasma samples were collected at baseline and 1, 2, 4, and 8 hours after a ciprofloxacin 400 mg dose i.v. during SLED and post-SLED therapy at the same times. Dialysate samples were collected at 4-hour intervals during SLED. Pharmacokinetic parameters were determined using WinNonlin and compared between the two periods. Simulated pharmacodynamic parameters were determined for Pseudomonas aeruginosa using MIC = 2.


A total of seven patients (four male, three female, age 56.9 ± 7.6, APACHE II 26.8 ± 2.4) were enrolled. Ciprofloxacin was cleared relatively rapidly with a half-life of 6.9 hours and a Ke of 0.108/hour during SLED compared with 11.9 hours and 0.057/hour post-SLED (P < 0.05). Simulated pharmacodynamics demonstrated inadequate coverage for P. aeruginosa during sLeD with Cmax/MIC ratio 5.7 ± 1.2 and AUC/MIC 77.5 ± 22.3.


Ciprofloxacin is rapidly cleared during SLED similar to clearance during normal renal function, which may result in adequate pharmacodynamic coverage for some pathogens.

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Olsen, K., Plumb, T., Reardon, N. et al. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of ciprofloxacin during sustained low-efficiency dialysis. Crit Care 18, P402 (2014).

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  • Public Health
  • Renal Function
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Plasma Sample
  • Pharmacokinetic Parameter