Pharmacokinetics of furosemide administered 4 and 24 hours prior to high-speed exercise in horses

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Abstract

Furosemide is a diuretic agent used commonly in racehorses to attenuate the bleeding associated with exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). The current study describes serum and urine concentrations and the pharmacokinetics of furosemide following administration at 4 and 24 hrs prior to maximal exercise. Eight exercised adult Thoroughbred horses received a single IV administration of 250 mg of furosemide at 4 and 24 hrs prior to maximal exercise on a high-speed treadmill. Blood and urine samples were collected at time 0 and at various times for up to 72 hrs and furosemide concentrations determined using liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. Serum furosemide concentrations remained above the LOQ (0.05 ng/ml) for 36 hrs in 3/8 and 1/8 horses in the 4- and 24-hrs groups, respectively. Serum concentration data were best fit by a two-compartment model. There was not a significant difference in the volume of distribution at steady-state (0.594 ± 0.178 [4 hrs] and 0.648 ± 0.147 [24 hrs] L/kg) or systemic clearance (0.541 ± 0.094 [4 hrs] and 0.617 ± 0.114 [24 hrs] L/hrs/kg) between horses that were exercised at 4- and 24 hrs postdrug administration. The mean ± SD elimination half-life was 3.12 ± 0.387 and 3.23 ± 0.407 hrs following administration at 4 and 24 hrs prior to exercise, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • veterinary(all)

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