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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:MAMA decoction (MD) is an antimalarial product prepared from the leaves of Mangifera indica L. (Anacardiaceae), Alstonia boonei De Wild (Apocynaceae), Morinda lucida Benth (Rubiaceae) and Azadirachta indica A. Juss (Meliaceae). A previous report showed that MD enhanced the efficacy of amodiaquine (AQ) in malaria-infected mice, thus suggesting a herb-drug interaction. The present study hence evaluated the effect of MD on the disposition of AQ in mice with a view to investigating a possible pharmacokinetic interaction. METHODS:In a 3-period study design, three groups of mice (n = 72) were administered oral doses of AQ (10 mg/kg/day) alone, concurrently with MD (120 mg/kg/day), and in the 3rd period, mice were given AQ after a 3-day pre-treatment with MD. Blood samples were collected between 0 and 96 h for quantification of AQ and its major metabolite, desethylamodiaquine, by a validated high-performance liquid chromatography method. RESULTS:Maximum concentrations of AQ increased by 12% with the concurrent dosing of MD and by 85% in the group of mice pre-treated with MD. The exposure and half-life of desethylamodiaquine increased by approximately 11% and 21%, respectively, with concurrent administration. Corresponding increases of approximately 20% and 33% of desethylamodiaquine were also observed in mice pre-treated with MD. CONCLUSION:MD influenced the pharmacokinetics of AQ and desethylamodiaquine, its major metabolite. The increase in the half-life and systemic exposure of AQ following its co-administration with MD may provide a basis for the enhanced pharmacological effect of the combination in an earlier study in Plasmodium-infected mice.

Original publication





European journal of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics

Publication Date





81 - 88


Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 220005, Osun State, Nigeria.


Animals, Mice, Plant Leaves, Malaria, Amodiaquine, Plant Extracts, Drug Combinations, Antimalarials, Models, Animal, Drug Interactions, Herb-Drug Interactions, Female, Male