Pharmacokinetic Dosing Calculator (2012)

This latest version is based on a comprehensive review of the most recent pharmacokinetic textbooks.   Some of the sources used are listed here.

Patient-Specific Data

Patient:     Location:     (Beta)
Age:     Sex    Serum Creatinine    
:      Weight:   
Clearance method

Drug Selection, Levels, and Drug-specific PK Parameters:

Select Drug: Desired Peak:   mcg/ml

Desired Trough:   mcg/ml
Volume of distribution:led
Usual range: aminoglycosides: 0.25 - 0.35. 
Vanco: 0.65 - 0.9  
Infusion time (ti): led
 Additional Info

Select elimination rate constant (Ke) calculation method:

Background information
Ke = 0.00083 x CRCL + 0.0044  Usual Vd reported: 0.9 L/kg. (0.7 - 0.9 L/kg)  Ref: 3,4,5
Clearance method: CL (L/hr) = CrCl (ml/min) x 0.06.  Ke =  Vanco CL/Vd. Usual Vd: 0.7L/kg. Ref: 6
Ke (hr-1) = [(0.695[(CrCl mL/min)/TBW kg] + 0.05)  x 0.06] / Vd factor ]   Usual Vd: 0.7L/kg.   Ref: 2

New option based on input from clinicians - general assumption, adjusted body weight may be used in the morbidly obese patients receiving vancomycin:   Historically actual or total is used in all cases.
Use Adjusted body weight     or   Use Actual (total) weight for vanco dosing.
Clearance method: CL (L/hr) = CrCl (ml/min) x 0.06.  Ke =  CL/Vd.  Ref: 5,6
Ke = 0.00293(CrCl) + 0.014 Ref: 1,4
Ke (hr-1) = (0.0024 x CrCl) + 0.01   Ref: 5

Amputations (Optional Field)

Loading Dose - Aminoglycosides


Process form entries

Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the ibw (Ideal body weight) to calculate an estimated creatinine clearance
Cockcroft and Gault equation:
CrCl = [(140 - age) x IBW] / (Scr x 72) (x 0.85 for females)
Note: if the ABW (actual body weight) is less than the IBW use the
actual body weight for calculating the CRCL.

Estimate Ideal body weight in (kg)
Males: IBW = 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Salazar-Corcoran Equation
Estimating Creatinine Clearance (ml/min)    -   Units: Weight: kg      Height: meters.
For Men:
[137 - age] x [(0.285 x weight(kg)) + (12.1 x height(m)2)]  /  (51 x SCr)

For Women:
[146 - age] x [(0.287 x weight(kg)) + (9.74 x height(m)2)]  /  (60 x SCr)

Salazar DE, Corcoran GB: Predicting creatinine clearance and renal drug clearance in obese patients from estimated fat-free body mass. Am J Med 84: 1053–1060, 1988.


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  2. Bauer LA. Vancomycin. In Bauer LA, ed. Applied Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Medical; 2008:207-298.

  3. Burton ME, Shaw LM, Schentag JJ, Evans WE. Applied Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics: Principles of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006.

  4. DiPiro JT, Spruill WJ, Wade WE, Blouin RA, Pruemer JM. Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics, (5th Edition) 2010. American Society of Health Systems Pharmacist, Bethesda, MD.

  5. Murphy JE. Aminoglycosides. In: Murphy JE, ed. Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 4th ed. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2008:27-60.

  6. Winter ME. Basic clinical pharmacokinetics. 5th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2010.


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