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Current Drug Delivery


ISSN (Print): 1567-2018
ISSN (Online): 1875-5704

Research Article

Expert Design and Optimization of Ethyl Cellulose-Poly (ε-Caprolactone) Blend Microparticles For Gastro-Retentive Floating Delivery of Metformin Hydrochloride

Author(s): Sara Salatin and Mitra Jelvehgari*

Volume 18 , Issue 8 , 2021

Published on: 04 February, 2021

Page: [1137 - 1147] Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/1567201818666210204164145

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Background: Metformin Hydrochloride (MH) is an oral anti-hyperglycemic agent belonging to the biguanide class of drugs.

Objective: The present study involves the formulation and evaluation of gastro-retentive floating microparticles containing MH as a model drug for the prolongation of absorption time.

Methods: Three levels of a three-factor, Box-Behnken design were used to evaluate the critical formulation variables. Microparticles were prepared using a water-in-oil-in-water double-emulsion solvent evaporation method and examined in terms of production yield, particle size, entrapment efficiency, floating ability, morphology, FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), and in vitro drug release.

Results: The optimum conditions for preparing MH microparticles were predicted to be the content of ethyl cellulose content (150 mg),poly (ε-caprolactone) (150 mg), and polyvinyl alcohol (1%w/v).The optimized MH microparticles were found to be spherical with a mean size of 350.2 μm. Entrapment efficiency was 58.62% for microparticles. 63.94% of microparticles showed floating properties. The FTIR analysis confirmed no chemical linkage between microparticle components. in vitro release study showed a controlled release for up to 8h.

Conclusion: These results demonstrated that MH microparticles, as a drug delivery system, may be useful to achieve a controlled drug release profile suitable for oral administration and may help to reduce the dose of the drug and to improve patient compliance.

Keywords: Ethyl cellulose, gastro-retentive, metformin hydrochloride, microparticles, oral, poly (ε-caprolactone).

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