Pharmacokinetics of toremifene and its metabolites in patients with advanced breast cancer

Valerie J. Wiebe, Christopher C. Benz, Irving Shemano, Timothy B. Cadman, Michael W. DeGregorio

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A multicenter phase I pharmacokineticstudy of a new triphenylethylene antiestrogen, toremifene, was examined in 70 patients with advanced breast cancer. Patients were randomized to receive single daily oral doses of either 10, 20, 40, 60, 200, or 400 mg for 8 weeks. Plasma toremifene and its major metabolites, N-desmethyltoremifene and 4-hydroxytoremifene, were determined weekly during therapy and at 0, 7, 14, and 21 days after the discontinuation of therapy. The time to reach steady-state plasma concentrations was between 1 and 5 weeks, with steady-state being achieved earlier (1-2 weeks) at daily doses of 200 and 400 mg. The time to peak concentration following oral doses of toremifene ranged from 1.5 to 4.5 h. The terminal half-life of elimination was 5.0, 6.0, and 5.0 days for toremifene, desmethyltoremifene, and 4-hydroxytoremifene, respectively. Plasma concentrations of 4-hydroxytoremifene were detectable only at high doses (200 and 400 mg/day) of toremifene. The results of this phase I pharmacokinetic study show that toremifene has metabolic and kinetic patterns that are similar to those previously reported with tamoxifen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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