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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 33, Number 7
BKCSDE 33(7)
July 20, 2012 

Quantitative Determination of Amitriptyline and Its Metabolite in Rat Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry
Jung-woo Chae, In-hwan Baek, Jung-hwa An, Eun jung Kim, Kwang-il Kwon*
Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, LC-MS/MS, Quantitation, Pharmacokinetics
A rapid, specific, and reliable LC-MS/MS-based bioanalytical method was developed and validated in rat plasma for the simultaneous quantitation of amitriptyline and its metabolite nortriptyline. Chromatographic separation of these analytes was achieved on a Gemini C18 column (50 × 4.60 mm, 5 μm) using reversed-phase chromatography. The mobile phase was an isocratic solvent system consisting of 1% formic acid in water and methanol (10:90, v/v), at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The analytical range was set as 0.1-500 ng/mL for amitriptyline and 0.08-500 ng/mL for nortriptyline using a 200 μL plasma sample. The accuracy and precision of the assay were in accordance with FDA regulations for the validation of bioanalytical methods. The validated method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study in six rats after oral administration of amitriptyline (15 mg/kg). This method allows laboratory scientists to rapidly determine amitriptyline and nortriptyline concentrations in plasma.
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