Objectives: This study was conducted to compare the effect of CYP3A5*3 genotype on the disposition of three phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5Is), vardenafil, sildenafil, and udenafil, because our previous in-vitro microsomal incubation study showed that the relative contribution of CYP3A5 enzyme to their metabolism was different among these PDE5Is.
Methods: An open-label three-way crossover study was performed with a single oral dose of PDE5Is (20 mg vardenafil, 100 mg sildenafil, or 200 mg udenafil) in 21 healthy men carrying CYP3A5*1/*1, *1/*3, or *3/*3. After each dose, plasma concentrations of the parents and their major metabolites were measured up to 24 or 48 h.
Results: The AUC(∞) and C(max) of vardenafil were 2.9-fold and 3.1-fold higher in CYP3A5*3/*3 carriers than in individuals with CYP3A5*1/*1 (P=0.003 and 0.002, respectively). The AUC(∞) and C(max) of sildenafil were 1.5-fold and 1.7-fold higher in CYP3A5*3/*3 carriers compared with individuals with CYP3A5*1/*1, but the statistical difference of both parameters among genotype groups was not observed. The disposition of udenafil differed little among groups in relation to the CYP3A5*3 allelic variant.
Conclusion: These results suggest that the disposition of these PDE5Is are differently influenced by the CYP3A5*3 genotype of individual participants. The CYP3A5*3 genotype affects the oral disposition of vardenafil significantly. The pharmacokinetic diversity of PDE5Is in relation to CYP3A5 genotype may lead to the clinical response variation and remains to be evaluated.