Pharmacokinetics and in vitro effects of tegaserod, a serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine 4 (5-HT4) receptor agonist with prokinetic activity in horses

Michele L. Delco, Jorge Nieto, Athur L. Craigmill, Scott D Stanley, Jack R. Snyder

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Tegaserod, a serotonin agonist, has been shown to have prokinetic effects in horses, but pharmacokinetic information is not currently available. The pharmacokinetics and in vitro effects of tegaserod were evaluated. Tegaserod increased the contractile activity of smooth muscle preparations of the equine pelvic flexure. Pertinent pharmacokinetic parameters for a single IV and oral dose were determined. Therapeutic plasma concentrations of tegaserod were achieved with a single oral dose at 0.27 mg/kg. These findings indicate that further clinical studies are warranted to investigate potential benefits in cases of functional gastrointestinal motility disorders in horses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalVeterinary Therapeutics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007


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  • veterinary(all)
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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