Oral liquid in situ gelling methylcellulose/alginate formulations for sustained drug delivery to dysphagic patients

Authors: Shimoyama, Tetsuya1; Itoh, Kunihiko1; Kobayashi, Michiya1; Miyazaki, Shozo1; D’Emanuele, Antony2; Attwood, David3

Source: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, Volume 38, Number 8, August 2012 , pp. 952-960(9)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

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Background: Elderly patients with swallowing dysfunction may benefit from the oral administration of liquid dosage forms with in situ gelling properties.

Aim: We have designed in situ gelling liquid dosage formulations composed of mixtures of methylcellulose, which has thermally reversible gelation properties and sodium alginate, the gelation of which is ion-responsive, with suitable rheological characteristics for ease of administration to dysphagic patients and suitable integrity in the stomach to achieve a sustained release of drug.

Method: The rheological and gelation characteristics of solutions containing methylcellulose (2.0%) and sodium alginate (0.25–1.0%) were assessed for their suitability for administration to dysphagic patients. The gel strength and in vitro and in vivo release characteristics of gels formed by selected formulations were compared using paracetamol as a model drug.

Results: Mixtures of 2.0% methylcellulose and 0.5% alginate containing 20% d-sorbitol were of suitable viscosity for ease of swallowing by dysphagic patients and formed gels at temperatures between ambient and body temperature allowing administration in liquid form and in situ gelation in the stomach. in vitro release of paracetamol from 2.0% methylcellulose/0.5% alginate gels was diffusion-controlled at pH 1.2 and 6.8. Measurement of plasma levels of paracetamol after oral administration to rats of a 2.0% methylcellulose/0.5% alginate formulation showed improved sustained release compared to that from 2.0% methylcellulose and 0.5% alginate solutions and from an aqueous solution of paracetamol.

Conclusions: Solutions of mixtures of methylcellulose and alginate in appropriate proportions are of suitable consistency for administration to dysphagic patients and form gels in situ with sustained release characteristics.

Keywords: Methylcellulose; alginate; dysphagia; in situ gelation; oral liquid formulation; paracetamol; sustained release

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/03639045.2011.634809

Affiliations: 1: 1Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Ishikari-Tobetsu, Hokkaido, Japan 2: 2School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK 3: 3School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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