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PubChem
Name: Epoprostenol
PubChem Compound ID: 114805
Description: A prostaglandin that is a powerful vasodilator and inhibits platelet aggregation. It is biosynthesized enzymatically from PROSTAGLANDIN ENDOPEROXIDES in human vascular tissue. The sodium salt has been also used to treat primary pulmonary hypertension (HYPERTENSION, PULMONARY).
Molecular formula: C20H32O5
Molecular weight: 352.465 g/mol
Synonyms:
KBio3_000432; KBioSS_000216; Bio2_000216; KBio2_002784; KBio3_000431; KBio2_005352; Bio2_000696; KBio2_000216; KBioGR_000216
DrugBank
Identification
Name: Epoprostenol
Name (isomeric): DB01240
Drug Type: small molecule
Description: A prostaglandin that is a powerful vasodilator and inhibits platelet aggregation. It is biosynthesized enzymatically from PROSTAGLANDIN ENDOPEROXIDES in human vascular tissue. The sodium salt has been also used to treat primary pulmonary hypertension (HYPERTENSION, PULMONARY).
Synonyms:
Prostaglandin I2; PGI2; Prostacyclin
Brand: Flolan
Category: Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors, Antihypertensive Agents
CAS number: 35121-78-9
Pharmacology
Indication: For the long-term intravenous treatment of primary pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary hypertension associated with the scleroderma spectrum of disease in NYHA Class III and Class IV patients who do not respond adequately to conventional therapy.
Pharmacology:
Epoprostenol has two major pharmacological actions: (1) direct vasodilation of pulmonary and systemic arterial vascular beds, and (2) inhibition of platelet aggregation. In animals, the vasodilatory effects reduce right and left ventricular afterload and increase cardiac output and stroke volume. The effect of epoprostenol on heart rate in animals ...
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Mechanism of Action:
Prostaglandins are present in most body tissues and fluids and mediate many biological functions. Epoprostenol (PGI2) is a member of the family of prostaglandins that is derived from arachidonic acid. The major pharmacological actions of epoprostenol is ultimately inhibition of platelet aggregation. Prostacyclin (PGI2) is released by healthy endoth...
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Biotransformation: Epoprostenol is metabolized to 2 primary metabolites: 6-keto-PGF1α (formed by spontaneous degradation) and 6,15-diketo-13,14-dihydro-PGF1α (enzymatically formed), both of which have pharmacological activity orders of magnitude less than epoprostenol in animal test systems. Fourteen additional minor metabolites have been isolated from urine, indicating that epoprostenol is extensively metabolized in humans.
Route of elimination: Epoprostenol is metabolized to 2 primary metabolites: 6-keto-PGF1α (formed by spontaneous degradation) and 6,15-diketo-13,14-dihydro-PGF1α (enzymatically formed), both of which have pharmacological activity orders of magnitude less than epoprostenol in animal test systems. Fourteen additional minor metabolites have been isolated from urine, indicating that epoprostenol is extensively metabolized in humans.
Half Life: The in vitro half-life of epoprostenol in human blood at 37°C and pH 7.4 is approximately 6 minutes; the in vivo half-life of epoprostenol in humans is therefore expected to be no greater than 6 minutes.
Toxicity: Symptoms of overdose are extensions of its dose-limiting pharmacologic effects and include flushing, headache, hypotension, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most events were self-limiting and resolved with reduction or withholding of epoprostenol. Single intravenous doses at 10 and 50 mg/kg (2703 and 27,027 times the recommended acute phase human dose based on body surface area) were lethal to mice and rats, respectively. Symptoms of acute toxicity were hypoactivity, ataxia, loss of righting reflex, deep slow breathing, and hypothermia.
Affected organisms: Humans and other mammals
Interactions
Drug interaction:
TrandolaprilThe prostacyclin analogue, Epoprostenol, may increase the hypotensive effect of Trandolapril.

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