Pharmacokinetics and tolerability of oral sildenafil in adults with cystic fibrosis lung disease

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  • Rationale: Airway inflammation is central to cystic fibrosis (CF) pathophysiology. Pre-clinical models have shown that phosphodiesterase inhibitors (PDEi) like sildenafil have anti-inflammatory activity. PDEi have not been studied in CF subjects. Objectives: We evaluated the pharmacokinetics, tolerability, and safety of sildenafil in subjects with CF. Sputum biomarkers were used to explore efficacy. Methods: An open-label pilot study of oral sildenafil administration was conducted in adults with mild to moderate CF lung disease. Subjects received oral sildenafil 20 or 40. mg p.o. t.i.d. for 6. weeks. Measurements and main results: Twenty subjects completed the study. Estimated elimination rate constants were statistically different in subjects with CF compared to previously published non-CF subjects. Side effects were generally mild. There were no drug-related serious adverse events. Sputum neutrophil elastase activity decreased. Conclusions: Subjects with CF may eliminate sildenafil at a faster rate than non-CF subjects. Sildenafil administration was safe in subjects with CF and decreased sputum elastase activity. Sildenafil warrants further study as an anti-inflammatory in CF.
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  • Taylor-Cousar JL; Wiley C; Felton LA; St. Clair C; Jones M; Curran-Everett D; Poch K; Nichols DP; Solomon GM; Saavedra MT
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  • 14
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