Formulation and evaluation of Gastroretentive hydrochlorothiazide Floating Microspheres: Statistical Analysis
The main objective of this work is to formulate gastroretentive floating microspheres of hydrochlorothiazide and to study the effect of formulation variables like drug to polymer ratio and concentration of polymer dispersion. The hydrochlorothiazide floating microspheres were formulated by using orifice-ionic gelation technique. These microspheres were formulated by using sodium alginate as sustained release polymer, sodium bicarbonate as gas generating agent and calcium chloride as a cross linking agent. The rheological properties of the polymer dispersion were studied. The microspheres were formulated by different drug to polymer ratio’s at various concentrations of sodium alginate dispersion. Thus formulated microspheres were evaluated for floating behaviour, drug entrapment efficiency, drug content, micromeritic properties, particle size, swelling index, invitro drug release studies and release kinetics. The better formulation was subjected for stability studies and SEM analysis. The effect of formulation variables on the entrapment efficiency and release rate constant was studied by statistical analysis. The hydrochlorothiazide microspheres formulated with 1:3 drug to polymer ratio and 3.5% sodium alginate dispersion concentration was selected as optimized formulation based on the results.
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