Pharmacokinetics of Antimicrobials in Obese Children

GaBI Journal • June 2014.

Sampson M, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Benjamin D Jr, Capparelli E, Watt K.

Childhood obesity is common and results in substantial morbidity. The most commonly prescribed drugs in obese children are antibiotics. However, physiological changes associated with childhood obesity can alter antibiotic pharmacokinetics and optimal body size measures to guide dosing in this population are ill defined. This combination can result in therapeutic failures or drug-related toxicities. This review summarizes pharmacokinetic information for antibiotics in obese children and implications for dosing.

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