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Endocrinology

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Which of the following is true: (LQ)



A As the concentration of drug increases over the therapeutic range, the bound form of the drug increases

B The bound form is not available for metabolism but is available for excretion

C Acidic drug binds to albumin; and basic drug bindsβ globulin

D Binding sites are non-specific and one drug can displace the other

Ans. D Binding sites are non-specific and one drug can displace the other

Considering each option separately:

Option 'a' : As concentration of drug increases over the therapeutic range, it is the free form of the drug that increases (because most protein binding sites are already saturated).

Option 'b' : The bound form is not available for metabolism, excretion and action.

Option 'c' : Plasma protein binding of drug

Albumin

α1 acid glycoprotein

All the acidic drugs bind to plasma protein albumin

Ex. Valproic acid, phenytoin, barbiturate Benzodiazepines, sulphonamides, Tetracycline, Tolbutamide, Warfarin, NSAIDs

All the basic drugs bind to α-1 acid glycoprotein

Ex: Beta blocker, Prazosin, Bupivacaine Lignocaine, Verapamil, Disopyramide Imipramine, Methadone.

Protein binding of drug affects:

  1. Metabolism of drug
  2. Elimination of drug
  • Protein binding limits the glomerular filtration of drug but dose not affect the renal tubular secretion.
  • Binding sites are nonspecific and one drug can displace the other at therapeutic plasma concentration. Only a tiny fraction is unbounded.
  • Sulphonamides are an exception because they occupy 50% of binding sites at therapeutic concentration and so can cause unexpected effect by displacing other drugs.

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