Background and Objectives:
Tadalafil for treatment of fetal growth restriction (FGR) or preeclampsia is given once a day orally. The drug kinetics of tadalafil were investigated to determine the ideal dosage to promote uterine blood flow. Materials and Methods:
We recruited five pregnant women with FGR or preeclampsia before administration of tadalafil, all of which were administered tadalafil (20 mg/day, once-daily dosing). The blood concentration of tadalafil was measured 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 24 h after administration, and uterine blood flow was measured before tadalafil administration and 2–4 and 20–24 h after. We then analyzed the correlation between tadalafil blood concentration and uterine artery blood flow. Results:
The blood concentration of tadalafil correlated with uterine artery blood flow in pregnant women. The blood concentration of tadalafil and uterine artery blood flow decreased 5 h after administration of tadalafil. Conclusions:
The blood concentration of tadalafil and uterine artery blood flow fluctuate in parallel, the latter was decreased by reduced blood concentration. Thus, a study of tadalafil administered twice a day in pregnant women will be needed to stabilize uterine artery blood flow.
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