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Abstract

Enhancement of transdermal penetration and bioavailability of poorly soluble acyclovir using solid lipid nanoparticles incorporated in gel cream

Author(s): PS Gide, SK Gidwani, KU Kothule
Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Jawarlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad-500 085, India

Correspondence Address:
K U Kothule Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Jawarlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad-500 085 India E‑mail: [email protected]


The objective of this work was to increase the amount of acyclovir in the basal epidermis, site of herpes virus simplex infection, using the solid lipid nanoparticles loaded gel cream as carriers. Solid lipid nanoparticles were prepared by high pressure homogenisation method and incorporated in a semisolid submicron gel cream. Acyclovir distribution into rat skin after topical application of solid lipid nanoparticles loaded gel cream was determined by fabricated Franz diffusion cell. The results showed that, the quantity of the acyclovir in the basal epidermis with the solid lipid nanoparticles loaded submicron gel cream was two folds times more than marketed acyclovir gel cream. This type of carrier can improve acyclovir loaded therapy since it increases drug retention in the basal epidermis.

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