Digoxin-quinidine interaction Pharmacokinetic evaluation

N Engl J Med. 1979 May 31;300(22):1238-41. doi: 10.1056/NEJM197905313002202.


Several recent reports have shown that plasma concentrations of digoxin increase when quinidine is administered along with digoxin; the present study was designed to explore the pharmacokinetics of this digoxin-quinidine interaction in six subjects. The elimination half-life of digoxin, although variable, did not change appreciably (42 vs. 44 hours) when quinidine was administered. Other pharmacokinetic values were substantially reduced in the presence of quinidine: total body clearance (from 3.08 to 1.96 ml per minute per kilogram), renal clearance (from 1.64 to 1.09 ml per minute per kilogram) and volume of distribution (from 10.87 to 7.35 liters per kilogram). The results may be explained by the displacement of digoxin from binding sites in tissue by quinidine, causing a rise in the plasma concentration of digoxin. The reduction in renal clearance of digoxin may result also from inhibition of renal secretion of digoxin by quinidine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Digoxin / administration & dosage
  • Digoxin / blood
  • Digoxin / metabolism*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Half-Life
  • Humans
  • Quinidine / administration & dosage
  • Quinidine / metabolism
  • Quinidine / pharmacology*


  • Digoxin
  • Quinidine