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Cranberry juice suppressed the diclofenac metabolism by human liver microsomes, but not in healthy human subjects

Posted: 
November 2, 2010
Authors: 
Ushijima K, Tsuruoka S, Tsuda H, Hasegawa G, Obi Y, Kaneda T, Takahashi M
Journal: 
Br J Clin Pharmacol 68(2):194-200
Abstract: 

AIM: To investigate a potential interaction between cranberry juice and diclofenac, a substrate of CYP2C9.

METHODS: The inhibitory effect of cranberry juice on diclofenac metabolism was determined using human liver microsome assay. Subsequently, we performed a clinical trial in healthy human subjects to determine whether the repeated consumption of cranberry juice changed the diclofenac pharmacokinetics.

RESULTS: Cranberry juice significantly suppressed diclofenac metabolism by human liver microsomes. On the other hand, repeated consumption of cranberry juice did not influence the diclofenac pharmacokinetics in human subjects.

CONCLUSIONS: Cranberry juice inhibited diclofenac metabolism by human liver microsomes, but not in human subjects. Based on the present and previous findings, we think that although cranberry juice inhibits CYP2C9 activity in vitro, it does not change the pharmacokinetics of medications metabolized by CYP2C9 in clinical situations.