|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|Biological half-life||2-6 hours (dose: 0.5-1 g)|
|CAS Registry Number|
|Molecular mass||285.36 g/mol|
Probenecid was developed as an alternative to caronamide to competitively inhibit renal excretion of some drugs, thereby increasing their plasma concentration and prolonging their effects.
- Medical uses 1
- Drug interactions 2
- Pharmacology 3
- Pharmacokinetics 4
- History 5
- See also 6
- References 7
Probenecid is sometimes used to increase the concentration of some antibiotics. Specifically a small amount of evidence supports the use of intravenous cefazolin once rather than three times a day when it is combined with probenecid.
It has also found use as a masking agent.
Some of the important clinical interactions of probenecid include those with captopril, indomethacin, ketoprofen, ketorolac, naproxen, cephalosporins, quinolones, penicillins, methotrexate, zidovudine, ganciclovir, lorazepam and acyclovir. In all these interactions, the excretion of these drugs is reduced due to probenecid.
Probenecid probably has several pharmacological targets, including blocking
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During World War II, probenecid was used to extend limited supplies of penicillin.
If probenecid (an organic acid) is present, the OAT binds preferentially to it (instead of to uric acid), preventing reabsorption of the uric acid. Hence, the urine retains more uric acid, lowering uric acid concentration in the plasma. (This is a good example of a medical usage for competition between substrates transported across cell membranes).