The effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the disposition of methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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Biological and Biomedical Sciences


We have studied the pharmacokinetics of methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis concurrently taking the most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, diclofenac, naproxen, indomethacin, and ibuprofen. The area under the curve, the total systemic clearance, the distribution volume, and the half-life of methotrexate in patients receiving concurrent NSAID therapy did not change significantly (at p < 0.05). Concurrent treatment with NSAIDs resulted in increased inter-patient variability of methotrexate concentration, possibly as a result of biochemical interactions; however, it does not appear clinically relevant. The data suggest that the NSAIDs do not significantly affect the disposition of methotrexate, contrary to some of the earlier reports.

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Biopharmaceutics and Drug Disposition