Background: The effects of paroxetine coadministration on plasma concentrations of aripiprazole and its active metabolite, dehydroaripiprazole, were studied in 14 Japanese patients with schizophrenia.
Methods: The patients had been treated with aripiprazole (24 mg/d in 5 cases, 12 mg/d in 5 cases, and 6 mg/d in 4 cases) for at least 2 weeks. Paroxetine 10 mg/d was coadministered during the first week, and the dose was increased to 20 mg/d during the second week. Blood samples were taken 3 times, before the start of paroxetine and then 1 and 2 weeks after paroxetine coadministration. On the same days, the severity of illness and extrapyramidal adverse effects were evaluated by the clinical global impressions and the Drug-Induced Extra-Pyramidal Symptoms Scale, respectively. Plasma concentrations of aripiprazole and dehydroaripiprazole were measured using liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detection.
Results: Plasma concentrations of aripiprazole and the sum of aripiprazole and dehydroaripiprazole during coadministration of paroxetine 10 and 20 mg/d were significantly (P < 0.05) higher (1.5-fold and 1.7-fold; 1.4-fold and 1.5-fold) than those before paroxetine coadministration. Those values during coadministration of paroxetine 20 mg/d were also significantly (P < 0.05) higher (1.1-fold and 1.1-fold) than those during coadministration of paroxetine 10 mg/d. Plasma concentrations of dehydroaripiprazole were unchanged throughout the study period. The mean clinical global impression score was significantly (P < 0.05) higher during the paroxetine 10 mg/d than that before coadministration, whereas the Drug-Induced Extra-Pyramidal Symptoms Scale scores remained unchanged during the study.
Conclusions: This study suggests that lower doses (10–20 mg/d) of paroxetine coadministration increase plasma concentrations of aripiprazole and the sum of aripiprazole and dehydroaripiprazole.