Clinical Drug Investigation

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 337–343 | Cite as

Disposition, Elimination and Haemodynamic Effects of Gallopamil in Patients with Fatty Liver Disease

  • Martin Siepmann
  • Boinpally Ramesh Rao
  • Wilhelm Kirch
Clinical Pharmacology


Twenty-one hypertensive patients were treated orally with 50mg gallopamil in a sustained-release formulation once daily for 1 week. 11 patients had a normal liver function (antipyrine clearance 41.2 ± 2.8 ml/min; mean ± SD), while 10 patients had fatty liver disease (antipyrine clearance 32.3 ± 1.4 ml/min). Maximum plasma concentrations of gallopamil were 15.2 (7.9 to 29.3) µg/L (geometric mean; 95% confidence interval) in patients with normal and 16.8 (8.7 to 32.5) µg/L in those with impaired hepatic function (p > 0.05). The elimination half-life was 8.8 hours in patients with normal liver function and 9.2 hours in patients with fatty liver disease (median, p > 0.05). No significant differences were found between patients with and without concomitant liver disease with regard to the effects of gallopamil on heart rate, PQ-time and blood pressure. First degree AV-block developed during treatment with gallopamil in one patient with fatty liver disease and in another with normal liver function. The AV-block in the patient with impaired hepatic function was considered to be severe (PQ-time 270ms). In conclusion, kinetic parameters of patients with fatty liver disease did not differ significantly from those of subjects with normal liver function.


Nifedipine Fatty Liver Disease Antipyrine Drug Invest Nitrendipine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Siepmann
    • 1
  • Boinpally Ramesh Rao
    • 1
  • Wilhelm Kirch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Medical SchoolUniversity of TechnologyDresdenGermany

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