# Pharmacokinetic two-compartment model

Pharmacokinetics refers to the rate and extent of distribution of a drug to different tissues, and the rate of elimination of the drug. Pharmacokinetics can be reduced to mathematical equations, which describe the transit of the drug throughout the body, a net balance sheet from absorption and distribution to metabolism and excretion.

Pharmacokinetic two-compartment model divided the body into *central* and
*peripheral* compartment. The central compartment (compartment 1) consists of
the plasma and tissues where the distribution of the drug is
practically instantaneous. The peripheral compartment (compartment 2) consists of tissues where the
distribution of the drug is slower.

Drug concentrations in the compartments equal to the amounts divided by volumes:
*C _{1}=A_{1}/V_{1}* and

*C*. Drug concentration in the central compartment is equal to the concentration in the plasma:

_{2}=A_{2}/V_{2}*C*. Clearance (in units L/h) is often used instead of the fractional rate constants (in units h

_{P}=C_{1}^{-1}); in pharmacokinetics the distribution volume is given in volume units (L), and rate constants can be represented as the ratio of clearance and distribution volume,

*k=CL/V*.

In the case of oral administration of the drug, at time *t=0* the amount of drug in
the central and peripheral compartments is zero (A_{1}(0)=A_{2}(0)=0), and
the initial amount in gastrointestinal tract (effective dose) is:

, where D is the administered dose of the drug, S is the salt factor (fraction of administered dose that is made up of pure drug), and F is the bioavailability factor (fraction of dose that reaches the systemic circulation).

The amount of drug in GI decreases with time:

Drug concentrations in the central and peripheral compartments can be calculated with differential equations:

After integration of the equations from time zero:

In the case of intravenous (IV) administration of the drug, F=1.0, and at time *t=0*
the amount of drug in the peripheral compartment is zero (A_{2}(0)=0), and the amount in
the central compartment, A_{1}, is:

## See also:

- PK three-compartment model
- PK one-compartment model
- Plasma pharmacokinetics in PET
- Receptor occupancy
- Enzyme inhibition
- Binding potential
- Compartmental model ODEs in PET
- Whole-body model for [
^{15}O]H_{2}O

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Tags: Pharmacokinetics, Drug development, Plasma, Clearance

Updated at: 2019-01-06

Created at: 2016-12-16

Written by: Vesa Oikonen