Bioavailability and first-pass metabolism of oral pentazocine in man.


The bioavailability of oral pentazocine was studied in 5 healthy volunteers. Plasma concentrations were determined from 30 min up to 6 hr following oral administration (two 50-mg tablets) and, at other occasions, after intravenous injection of 30 mg pentazocine. The average bioavailability was found to be 18.4 +/- 7.8% (SD, n = 5). It is shown that this low… (More)


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