Plasma and cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of ibuprofen in pediatric patients and antipyretic effect: Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • We aimed to determine the relationship between plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of ibuprofen and the antipyretic effect in pediatric patients. A prospective cohort of infants and children aged 3 months to 15 years and treated with ibuprofen was studied. The patients received ibuprofen (via oral route, median dose of 10.0 mg/kg; 3.4–11.4 mg/kg range), samples of blood and CSF were collected, and body temperature was measured. Sequential analysis of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data from 28 patients was performed using a population modeling approach. The observed concentration versus time data indicated substantial pharmacokinetic variability in absorption and distribution of ibuprofen between the patients. The pharmacokinetic modeling outcomes indicate that following a ∼25-minute lag time, ibuprofen is rapidly absorbed to the central compartment and rapidly equilibrates with the CSF, resulting in the total ibuprofen concentration in the CSF versus plasma (CCSF/Cplasma) of 0.011 ± 0.007. The antipyretic effect of ibuprofen was best described by an indirect response PK-PD model incorporating patient baseline body temperature and ibuprofen concentration in the CSF. We conclude that the pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic modeling can be used to predict the time course of ibuprofen plasma and CSF concentrations and of the antipyretic effects in individual pediatric patients.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014