Jan 1, 1976

Physiological disposition and metabolism of (3H)bitolterol in man and dog

Drug Metabolism and Disposition : the Biological Fate of Chemicals
L Shargel, S A Dorrbecker


The metabolism and disposition of bitolterol, the di-p-toluate ester of N-t-butylarterenol (tBA) was studied in man after a single oral dose and in dog after intraduodenal, iv, or oral administration. The mean (+/- SE) peak plasma radioactivity in man (dose, 70 mug/kg) was 180 +/- 18 ng equivalents of [3H]bitolterol per ml or approximately 11% of the dose, whereas peak plasma radioactivity in dog (dose, 200 mug/kg) was 144 +/- 23 ng equivalents per ml or approximately 4% of the dose. For both man and dog, the time for maximum plasma level of radioactivity varied from 0.5 to 2 hr. In man, only 1% of the plasma radioactivity represented intact [3H]bitolterol 1.0 hr after medication. In the dog, radioactivity was concentrated in lung tissue after iv administration of [3H]bitolterol. Recovery of intact [3H]bitolterol in lung at 4.5 hr ranged from 26 to 46% of total tissue radioactivity after iv dosage and from 4 to 14% total tissue radioactivity after intraduodenal administration. Radioactivity recovered in human urine and feces (0-72 hr) accounted for 86 and 8.1% of the dose, respectively. Recovery of radioactivity in dog urine and feces accounted for 58 and 23% of the dose, respectively, in the same time period. Radiochromatogram...Continue Reading

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