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Nanoencapsulation of Olanzapine Increases Its Efficacy in Antipsychotic Treatment and Reduces Adverse Effects

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Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic drug, whose chronic use has been associated with the development of potential adverse effects such as weight gain and cardio-metabolic disorders like hypercholesterolemia and diabetes. To circumvent these side effects, the controlled release of olanzapine is a promising approach to improve adhesion of schizophrenic patients to the treatment. An innovative strategy to prolong drug release consists of loading the drug into biodegradable polymeric lipid-core nanocapsules. In this study, particle size, polydispersity, pH, zeta potential and drug loading of olanzapine-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules were analyzed. Weight gain, biochemical parameters and antipsychotic activity were evaluated in male Wistar rats. The lipid-core nanocapsules had a mean diameter of 156 ± 13 nm, a polydispersity index lower than 0.1, a pH value of 6.12 ± 0.14, zeta potential of –17 ± 2.40 mV and encapsulation efficiency close to 100%. The animals treated with olanzapine-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules showed significantly lower weight gain (63.4 ± 19.6 g) and total cholesterol levels (66.2 ± 3.5 g · dl–1), compared to those administered with free olanzapine (112.6 ± 10.3 g and 90.4 ± 2.4 g · dl–1), respectively. Additionally, a more prolonged antipsychotic action was observed in the stereotyped behavior animal model induced by D, L-amphetamine, which affords to conclude that nanoencapsulation is a promising alternative to treat schizophrenic patients.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2014

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