Folic acid protects against the cardiotoxic effects of celecoxib. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Folic acid ameliorates celecoxib cardiotoxicity in a doxorubicin heart failure rat model.
Pharm Biol. 2017 Dec ;55(1):1295-1303. PMID: 28274156
CONTEXT: The cardiotoxic effect of selective cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors is well known. While rofecoxib and valdecoxib have been withdrawn, celecoxib remains on the market. Folic acid, a naturally occurring vitamin, has been shown to reduce myocardial ischemia and post-reperfusion injury in rats.
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the cardiac effects of celecoxib and folic acid on doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy in rats.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cardiomyopathy was induced in male Wistar rats with six intraperitoneal injections of 2.5 mg/kg doxorubicin over a period of two weeks. The effect of 28 days of celecoxib (100 mg/kg/day) and its combination with folic acid (10 mg/kg/day) was studied on doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy according to serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), creatine kinase (CK-MB), troponin-T (Tn-T), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), cardiac thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS), and glutathione (GSH) levels as well as systolic blood pressure (SBP), heart rate (HR) and ultrastructural studies.
RESULTS: Celecoxib cardiotoxicity was manifested by significant increases in the LDH, Tn-T, TNF-α, CK-MB, SBP, HR (p < 0.001) and TBARS (p < 0.01) levels and a significant decrease in the GSH (p < 0.05) level when used alone or administered with doxorubicin. However, the combination of folic acid with celecoxib caused a significant reversal of these parameters and reduced the cardiotoxicity of celecoxib that was aggravated by doxorubicin. The ultrastructural study also revealed myocardialprotection with this combination.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Folic acid protects against the cardiotoxic effects of celecoxib, which are aggravated in the presence of doxorubicin. Folic acid may act as a useful adjunct in patients who are taking celecoxib.