Preparation of solid drug/cyclodextrin complexes of acidic and basic drugs.
Preparation of solid drug/cyclodextrin complexes of acidic and basic drugs.
January 2004
By Loftsson T, Sigurdsson HH, Masson M, Schipper N.
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One of the main obstacles in pharmaceutical applications of cyclodextrins is their increase of the formulation bulk. Even at maximum incorporation 500 mg of a solid drug/cyclodextrin complex will only contain between 50 and 125 mg of the drug, assuming a low molecular weight drug (MW 200 to 400 Dalton) and an average molecular weight cyclodextrin (MW about 1500 Dalton). In general, the complexation efficiency is low and consequently the complex powder contains a significant amount of empty cyclodextrin molecules. In the present study the complexation efficiency is increased by ionization of the drug molecule through addition of volatile acid (i.e. acetic acid) or base (i.e. ammonia) to the aqueous complexation media of basic or acidic drugs, respectively. The volatile acid or base was then removed during lyophilization and heating in a vacuum oven resulting in formation of solid cyclodextrin complexes of the unionized drug. Thus, the complexation efficiency was temporary increased by the ionization but then again decreased leading to formation of the thermodynamically unstable solid drug/cyclodextrin complexes. When dissolved the energy of the system was lowered by expelling the drug molecules from the cyclodextrin cavities resulting in formation of supersaturated drug solutions and ultimately precipitation of the drug.
PMID: 14964417 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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