Author(s): Hartley R, Green M, Lucock MD, Ryan S, Forsythe WI
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Abstract A rapid, sensitive and simple-to-operate high performance liquid chromatographic method for the simulataneous determination of oxcarbazepine, 10-hydroxycarbazepine and 10,11-dihydro-10,11-trans-dihydroxy-carbamazepine in plasma is described. The drug and its metabolites were extracted from plasma using commercially available reversed phase octadecylsilane bonded-silica columns (Bond Elut C18, 1 mL capacity). Chromatographic separation of oxcarbazepine and its metabolites was achieved using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile/methanol/water (13:25:62 by volume) at a flow rate of 1.2 mL/min in conjunction with a Waters Associates Nova-Pak C18 column. The analytical column, in Radial-Pak cartridge form, was used in combination with a LiChrospher 5 microns C18 guard column. By measuring the UV absorbance at 214 nm, plasma levels in the region of 50-100 ng/mL for the drug and its metabolites can be detected with only 100 microL of plasma. The method has been applied to pharmacokinetic studies of oxcarbazepine and its metabolites in children with epilepsy; preliminary pharmacokinetic findings in two patients at steady-state are presented.
This article was published in Biomed Chromatogr
and referenced in Chemical Sciences Journal