The effect of sertindole (a new selective antipsychotic compound) on the pharmacokinetic disposition of terfenadine was investigated. Thirteen subjects who completed the study received a single 120 mg dose of terfenadine alone or with concomitant 20 mg sertindole daily. The mean values for terfenadine Cmax (alone: 2.42 +/- 1.48 ng/ml, in combination: 2.99 +/- 1.85 ng/ml) and AUC (29.6 +/- 18.9 vs 37.9 +/- 23.4 ng x hr/ml) did not change statistically significant in the presence of sertindole (p > 0.05). Similarly, the mean Cmax (531 +/- 195 vs 506 +/- 190 ng/ml) and AUC (3,728 +/- 1,163 vs 4,003 +/- 1,739 ng x hr/ml) values of carboxyterfenadine did not change statistically significant in the presence of sertindole (p > 0.05). The other pharmacokinetic parameters of terfenadine and carboxyterfenadine such as Tmax, t1/2, as well as the carboxyterfenadine to terfenadine Cmax and AUC ratios did not change in the presence of sertindole. Although terfenadine is a substrate for CYP3A (cytochrome P-450 3A), while sertindole is a substrate for both CYP2D6 and CYP3A4, the results in this study suggest that sertindole, at a clinical dose, is not an inhibitor of the metabolism of terfenadine.