- Plasma concentrations of minaxolone were measured in 15 female patients during and for up to 3 hours after a minaxolone and nitrous oxide anesthetic. Nine patients received a single dose and six patients two or three doses of minaxolone. Plasma minaxolone decay can be described by two-compartment kinetics. Distribution is rapid, with a mean half-life of 2.1 minutes, and the elimination half-life is short (47 minutes). Plasma clearance is high (1.55 l./min). Plasma levels of minaxolone at recovery were similar in patients receiving both single and multiple doses, suggesting a valid relationship between plasma level and effect. It is suggested that minaxolone may be a suitable agent for administration by continuous infusion.