Pharmacokinetics of morphine in fish: winter ...

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Title Pharmacokinetics of morphine in fish: winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) and seawater-acclimated rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Author(s) N. C. Newby, P. C. Mendonça, K. Gamperl, E. D. Stevens
Journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology.C, Toxicology & Pharmacology
Date 2006
Volume 143
Issue 3
Start page 275
End page 283
Abstract We made a single intraperitoneal (IP) injection of morphine sulfate (40 mg/kg) into winter flounder and seawater acclimated rainbow trout at 10°C and then followed its disposition by measuring the change in plasma morphine concentration for 100 h using a morphine specific ELISA. Disposition also was followed for 6 h after a single IV injection of 7.5 mg morphine sulfate in winter flounder. Plasma morphine reached a maximum within an hour post-injection IP and then decreased in a bi-exponential fashion with a rapid distribution phase followed by a slower elimination phase. The disposition was slower in flounder than in trout even though the fish were held at the same temperature. For example, plasma clearance was 76 mL h-1 kg-1 in the flounder but was almost twice as much in the trout (153 mL h-1 kg-1) and mean residence time was 27.9 h in the flounder but was 7.0 h in the trout. The present study is the first comprehensive pharmacokinetic analysis for any analgesic in an ectotherm, and our results show that: (1) significant intra-specific variation exists between fishes: and (2) the disposition of morphine in fish is approximately one order of magnitude slower than it is in mammals. These differences may be due in part to mass specific differences in cardiac output.

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