Quinidine-digoxin interaction: time course and pharmacokinetics

Am J Cardiol. 1981 Dec;48(6):1141-6. doi: 10.1016/0002-9149(81)90332-5.


The time course of the rise in serum digoxin concentration was followed in 18 patients treated with digoxin as quinidine treatment was started with a loading dose. The mean serum digoxin levels rose significantly during the first 24 hours after administration of quinidine was begun, and reached a new steady state concentration after about 48 hours. Digoxin kinetics were studied in two groups of normal volunteers: Group 1 (n = 7) received a small dose of quinidine, 800 mg/day, and group II (n = 8) received 1,600 mg/day. There was no significant mean change in the apparent volume of distribution of digoxin in either group. In group I (small dose), quinidine reduced the digoxin clearance values: total clearance by 30 percent, renal clearance by 32 percent and nonrenal clearance by 29 percent. In group II (large dose), quinidine reduced digoxin total clearance by 36 percent, renal clearance by 54 percent and nonrenal clearance by 22 percent. The reduction in digoxin volume of distribution and renal clearance during quinidine treatment were a function of the serum quinidine concentration. The change in nonrenal clearance of digoxin was independent of serum quinidine concentration.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / drug therapy
  • Creatinine / metabolism
  • Digoxin / metabolism
  • Digoxin / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quinidine / blood
  • Quinidine / metabolism
  • Quinidine / therapeutic use*
  • Time Factors


  • Digoxin
  • Creatinine
  • Quinidine