PMID: 38085May 1, 1979

The disposition of l-3-[(dimethylamino)-(m-dioxan-5-yl)methyl]pyridine in man

Drug Metabolism and Disposition : the Biological Fate of Chemicals
A RubinD P Henry


l-3-[(Dimethylamino)-(m-dioxan-5-yl)methyl]pyridine hydrochloride (LY 108380) is being evaluated in man as a potentially useful, nonaddicting analgesic agent. This substituted dioxane is structurally different from any currently known analgesic. Following im administration of the 14C-labeled compound to healthy volunteers, the drug was absorbed rapidly (t1/2(abs) = 2--20 min). Pharmacokinetic analyses suggested that LY 108380 was widely distributed and extensively bound in tissues. The drug was not bound to plasma proteins in vitro or in vivo. In the blood, radioactivity was distributed in both red cells and plasma; a cell/plasma radioactivity ratio of 0.5 was maintained for about 1 hr. The t1/2 for elimination of LY 108380-14C from plasma was about 1.3 hr, although radioactivity persisted in plasma for over 100 hr. At the time of peak radioactivity, the parent compound was the major constituent in plasma; quaternary N-glucuronide and N-desmethylated metabolites were also detected in plasma. Levels of radioactivity in saliva were 2--5 times higher than those in plasma shortly after drug administration. About 82% of the radioactivity was eliminated in the urine, 6% in expired air (as 14CO2), and 1% in feces. The major metabolite...Continue Reading

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