European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 315–317 | Cite as

Increased systemic availability of albendazole when taken with a fatty meal

  • H. Lange
  • R. Eggers
  • J. Bircher
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We have studied the systemic availability of oral albendazole in 6 patients with echinococcosis either fasting or with breakfast. Albendazole sulphoxide, the pharmacologically active principle, was assayed by HPLC.

Mean plasma concentrations and AUCs were 4.5 times higher when albendazole was given with breakfast than when administered in the fasting state.

We conclude that therapy of echinococcosis with albendazole requires the drug to be taken with meals and that administration on an empty stomach might be more appropriate when intraluminal effects are desired, e.g. for intestinal parasites.

Key words

albendazole echinococcosis bioavailability food intake fatty meal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Lange
    • 1
  • R. Eggers
    • 1
  • J. Bircher
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Clinical PharmacologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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