2022 Volume 70 Issue 12 Pages 876-884
To verify the interaction between sodium polystyrene sulfonate (SPS) and its concomitant drugs, we elucidated the capability of potassium ions and concomitant drugs to adsorb onto SPS and the effect of their coexistence on the amount adsorbed. We identified 14 drugs used concomitantly with SPS from 2017–2019 in our investigation, and 5 drug preparations used in the clinical setting were used for the experiments. In the artificial intestinal juice, SPS adsorbed 39.05–69.77 mEq/g of potassium ions. Amlodipine besylate and nifedipine were well-adsorbed, while azosemide and febuxostat were did not adsorb well onto SPS. Our results and the results of a previous study suggest that additives in drug preparations affect the adsorption of drugs onto SPS. The adsorption kinetics onto SPS of drugs conformed to the pseudo-second order model. However, the adsorption of amlodipine besylate completely may not be fitted to the pseudo-second order model. The amount of amlodipine besylate adsorbed under the coexistence of potassium ions decreased compared to when potassium ions were absent. The amount of nifedipine and potassium ions adsorbed remained constant, regardless of whether potassium ions were present or not. These results might be due to the differences in their mechanisms of adsorption onto SPS and to the characteristics of the drugs. In a clinical setting, SPS is used concomitantly with various oral drugs. The interaction between SPS and its other concomitant drugs need to be elucidated more to obtain enough evidence for pharmacists to propose the appropriate prescription.