Amitriptyline Absorption in a Patient With Short Bowel Syndrome

Robbins, Brett; Reiss, Robert A.
August 1999
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Aug1999, Vol. 94 Issue 8, p2302
Academic Journal
Oral drug therapy in patients with short bowel syndrome can be quite challenging. We report the case of a 40-yr-old woman with short bowel syndrome and depression requiring antidepressant drug therapy. After buccal administration of amitriptyline, therapeutic serum antidepressant concentrations were attained despite the patient having only 18 inches of proximal small bowel. Clinical improvement in mood was seen, with the only drug side effects being dry mouth and bitter drug taste. Buccal absorption likely is playing a major role in attaining therapeutic serum tricyclic antidepressants drug concentrations.


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