Abstract Title:

Inflammation and psychotropic drugs: the relationship between C-reactive protein and antipsychotic drug levels.

Abstract Source:

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2015 Jun 3. Epub 2015 Jun 3. PMID: 26032842

Abstract Author(s):

Gudrun Hefner, Mohamed E E Shams, Stefan Unterecker, Tanja Falter, Christoph Hiemke

Article Affiliation:

Gudrun Hefner


RATIONALE: In psychiatric clinical practice, there is a need to identify psychotropic drugs whose metabolisms are prone to be altered with increased inflammatory activity in an individual patient.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to find out whether elevated serum levels (≥5 mg/l) of C-reactive protein (CRP), an established laboratory marker of infection and inflammation, are associated with increased serum concentrations of the atypical antipsychotic drugs clozapine, quetiapine, and risperidone.

METHODS: Therapeutic drug monitoring request forms of patients whose antipsychotic drug concentrations had been measured under conditions of normal (<5 mg/l) and pathological (>5 mg/l) levels of C-reactive protein were retrospectively screened. The serum concentrations in relation to the daily doses [concentration per dose (C/D) (ng/mL/mg)] and the metabolic ratios [ratio of concentrations (metabolite/drug)] were compared intraindividually by the Wilcoxon signed rank test.To the study effects of the intensity of infections on drug concentrations, C-reactive protein and C/D levels were submitted to Spearman's correlation analysis.

RESULTS: Elevated levels of C-reactive protein were found in 105 patients. They were significantly associated with elevated values in C/D for clozapine (n = 33, P < 0.01) and risperidone (n = 40, P < 0.01). A trend for an increase was found for quetiapine (n = 32, P = 0.05). Median increases were 48.0 % (clozapine), 11.9 % (quetiapine), and 24.2 % (active moiety of risperidone), respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: In patients who exhibit signs of inflammation or infection with increased C-reactive protein values during psychopharmacological treatment, especially under clozapine and risperidone, therapeutic drug monitoring is recommendable in order to minimize the risk of intoxications due to elevated drug concentrations.

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