Dose Optimization of Gentamicin in Critically Ill Neonates

Author(s): Kannan Sridharan*, Muna Al Jufairi, Ali Mohamed Qader, Ola A.M. Elsegai.

Journal Name: Current Drug Metabolism

Volume 21 , Issue 4 , 2020

Become EABM
Become Reviewer

Graphical Abstract:


Background: Appropriate dosing of gentamicin in critically ill neonates is still debated.

Objective: To assess the peak concentration (Cmax) and area-under-the-time-concentration curve (AUC0-24) of gentamicin and to simulate the recommended doses using the Monte Carlo method.

Methods: This was a retrospective study on critically ill neonates carried over a one-year period. The demographic characteristics, dosage regimen and gentamicin concentrations were recorded for each neonate. Using Bayesian pharmacokinetic modeling, Cmax and AUC0-24 were predicted. Dose recommendations for the target Cmax (μg/ml) of 12 were obtained, and Monte Carlo simulation (100,000 iterations) was used for predicting the pharmacokinetic parameters and recommended doses for various birth weight categories.

Results: Eighty-two critically ill neonates (with an average gestational age of 33.7 weeks; and birth weight of 2.1 kg) were recruited. Higher Cmax and AUC0-24 values were predicted in premature neonates, with greater cumulative AUCs in extremely preterm neonates. The average administered dose was 4 mg/kg/day and 75% of the participants had Cmax greater than 12 μg/ml following a single dose, and 85% were found to be at steady state. On the contrary, only 25% of the study population had the recommended AUC0-24 (above 125 μg-hr/ml). Simulation tests indicate that 90% of the critically ill neonates would achieve recommended Cmax with doses ranging between 5 and 6 mg/kg/day.

Conclusion: Currently used dose of 4 mg/kg/day is adequate to maintain Cmax in a large majority of the study population, with one-fourth population reporting the recommended AUC0-24. Increasing the dose to 5-6 mg/kg/day will more likely help to achieve both the recommended Cmax and AUC0-24 values.

Keywords: Aminoglycosides, clinical pharmacokinetics, gentamicin, Bayesian, Monte Carlo simulations, dosing strategy.

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2020
Page: [270 - 280]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/1389200221666200512111131
Price: $65

Article Metrics

PDF: 8