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Interaction of flurbiprofen with cranberry juice, grape juice, tea, and fluconazole: in vitro and clinical studies

Greenblatt DJ, von Moltke LL, Perloff ES, Luo Y, Harmatz JS, Zinny MA
Clin Pharmacol Ther 79(1):125-33

OBJECTIVES: Recent anecdotal, unvalidated case reports have suggested potentiation of warfarin-induced anticoagulation by cranberry juice, possibly through inhibition of human cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C9, the enzyme responsible for the clearance of the active S-enantiomer of warfarin. To address this question, the effect of cranberry juice and other beverages on CYP2C9 activity was evaluated in vitro and in vivo.

METHODS: The effects of 4 beverages on CYP2C9 activity were studied in human liver microsomes, by use of flurbiprofen hydroxylation as the index reaction. In a clinical study 14 healthy volunteers received 100 mg flurbiprofen on 5 occasions in a crossover fashion, with at least 1 week separating the 5 trials. Flurbiprofen was preceded in random sequence by the following: (1) cranberry juice placebo (8 oz), (2) cranberry juice (8 oz), (3) brewed tea (8 oz), (4) grape juice (8 oz), and (5) fluconazole, a CYP2C9 inhibitor serving as a positive control, with 8 oz of water.

RESULTS: Flubiprofen hydroxylation in vitro was reduced to 11% +/- 8% of control by 2.5% (vol/vol) brewed tea, to 10% +/- 7% of control by grape juice, to 56% +/- 16% of control by cranberry juice, to 85% +/- 5% of control by cranberry juice placebo, and to 21% +/- 6% of control by the index inhibitor sulfaphenazole (2.5 micromol/L) (P <.01 for="" all="" comparisons="" versus="" control="" flurbiprofen="" clearance="" ml="" and="" elimination="" half-life="" hours="" did="" not="" differ="" significantly="" among="" trials="" however="" in="" the="" fluconazole="" treatment="" condition="" was="" reduced="" compared="" with="" placebo="" p="" prolonged="" formation="" of="" correspondingly="" by="">

CONCLUSIONS: Although grape juice and tea impaired CYP2C9 activity in vitro, none of the 3 beverages altered CYP2C9-mediated clearance of flurbiprofen in humans, making a pharmacokinetic interaction with warfarin highly unlikely.

The absence of an interaction between warfarin and cranberry juice: a randomized, double-blind trial.

Ansell J, McDonough M, Zhao Y, Harmatz JS, Greenblatt DJ.
J Clin Pharmacol 49(7):824-30

The question of potentiation of warfarin anticoagulation by cranberry juice (CJ) is a topic of biomedical importance. Anecdotal reports of CJ-warfarin interaction are largely unconfirmed in controlled studies. Thirty patients on stable warfarin anticoagulation (international normalized ratio [INR], 1.7-3.3) were randomized to receive 240 mL of CJ or 240 mL of placebo beverage, matched for color and taste, once daily for 2 weeks. The INR values and plasma levels of R- and S-warfarin were measured during the 2-week period and a 1-week follow-up period. The CJ and placebo groups (n=14 and 16, respectively) did not differ significantly in mean plasma R- and S-warfarin concentrations. Eight patients (4 on CJ, 4 on placebo) developed minimally elevated INR (range, 3.38-4.52) during the treatment period. Mean INR differed significantly (P<.02 only="" on="" treatment="" day="" at="" all="" other="" time="" points="" the="" groups="" did="" not="" differ.="" cranberry="" juice="" has="" no="" effect="" plasma="" s-="" or="" r-warfarin="" levels="" excluding="" a="" pharmacokinetic="" interaction.="" small="" though="" statistically="" significant="" pharmacodynamic="" enhancement="" of="" inr="" by="" cj="" single="" point="" is="" unlikely="" to="" be="" clinically="" important="" and="" may="" random="" change.="" enhanced="" warfarin="" anticoagulation="" attributed="" in="" anecdotal="" reports="" represent="" chance="" temporal="" association.="">

Effects of Cranberry Juice on Pharmacokinetics of -Lactam

Li M, Andrew MA, Wang J, Salinger DH, Vicini P,
Antimicrob Agents Chemother 53(7):2725-32

Cranberry juice consumption is often recommended along with low-dose oral antibiotics for prophylaxis for
recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI). Because multiple membrane transporters are involved in the intestinal
absorption and renal excretion of -lactam antibiotics, we evaluated the potential risk of pharmacokinetic
interactions between cranberry juice and the -lactams amoxicillin (amoxicilline) and cefaclor. The amoxicillin-
cranberry juice interaction was investigated in 18 healthy women who received on four separate occasions
a single oral test dose of amoxicillin at 500 mg and 2 g with or without cranberry juice cocktail (8 oz) according
to a crossover design. A parallel cefaclor-cranberry juice interaction study was also conducted in which 500 mg
cefaclor was administered with or without cranberry juice cocktail (12 oz). Data were analyzed by noncompartmental
methods and nonlinear mixed-effects compartmental modeling. We conclude that the concurrent
use of cranberry juice has no significant effect on the extent of oral absorption or the renal clearance of
amoxicillin and cefaclor. However, delays in the absorption of amoxicillin and cefaclor were observed. These
results suggest that the use of cranberry juice at usual quantities as prophylaxis for UTI is not likely to alter
the pharmacokinetics of these two oral antibiotics.