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Ranitidine Hydrochloride-loaded Ethyl Cellulose and Eudragit RS 100 Buoyant Microspheres: Effect of pH Modifiers

Author(s): NR Kotagale, AP Parkhe, AB Jumde, HM Khandelwal, MJ Umekar

A floating type of dosage form of ranitidine hydrochloride in the form of microspheres capable of floating on simulated gastric fluid was prepared by solvent evaporation technique. Microspheres prepared with ethyl cellulose, Eudragit® RS100 alone or in combination were evaluated for percent yield, drug entrapment, percent buoyancy and drug release and the results demonstrated satisfactory performance. Microspheres exhibited ranitidine hydrochloride release influenced by changing ranitidine hydrochloride-polymer and ranitidine hydrochloride-polymer-polymer ratio. Incorporation of a pH modifier has been the usual strategy employed to enhance the dissolution rate of weakly basic drug from floating microspheres. Further citric acid, fumaric acid, tartaric acid were employed as pH modifiers. Microspheres prepared with ethyl cellulose, Eudragit® RS100 and their combination that showed highest release were utilized to study the effect of pH modifiers on ranitidine hydrochloride release from microspheres which is mainly affected due to modulation of microenvironmental pH. In vitro release of ranitidine hydrochloride from microspheres into simulated gastric fluid at 37º showed no significant burst effect. However the amount of release increased with time and significantly enhanced by pH modifiers. 15% w/w concentration of fumaric acid provide significant drug release from ranitidine hydrochloride microspheres prepared with ranitidine hydrochloride:ethyl cellulose (1:3), ranitidine hydrochloride:Eudragit® RS100 (1:2) and ranitidine hydrochloride:ethyl cellulose:Eudragit® RS100 (1:2:1) whereas citric acid, tartaric acid showed significant cumulative release at 20% w/w. In all this study suggest that ethyl celluose, Eudragit® RS100 alone or in combination with added pH modifiers can be useful in floating microspheres which can be proved beneficial to enhance the bioavailability of ranitidine hydrochloride.

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