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Solidified Reverse Micellar Solution (SRMS)-Based Indomethacin Sustained-Release Tablets: Formulation and In vitro Evaluation

SA Chime, IV Onyishi, GC Onunkwo, AA Attama


Purpose: To formulate and evaluate sustained-release indomethacin tablets based on solidified reverse micellar solution (SRMS).
Methods: SRMS consisting of mixtures of phospholipid (Phospholipon® 90H) and triglyceride (Softisan® 154) were prepared in the ratios of 1:1, 2:1 and 1:2, respectively. SRMS-based tablets containing 75 mg of indomethacin each were prepared using a validated plastic mould. The physicochemical properties of the tablet formulations were studied. In vitro release study was carried out in simulated intestinal fluid (SIF, pH 7.5).
Results: The results showed that the physicochemical properties of the tablet formulations were significantly affected by the composition/ratio of the lipid matrix used (p < 0.05). Tablet hardness ranged from 5.00 ± 0.39 to 5.60 ± 0.36 kgf for tablets formulated with SRMS 1:2 and 2:1 (N3 and N2), respectively. The tablets exhibited friability of < 1 % (p < 0.05). Erosion time in SIF ranged from 124.0 ± 0.5 to 180.0 ± 1.1 min while drug release from the tablets reached a maximum in 8 – 11 h for all the
Conclusion: Indomethacin tablets based on SRMS exhibited good sustained-release properties and can be further developed to achieve once daily administration for improved patient adherence to therapy.

Keywords: Solidified reverse micellar solution, Phospholipid, Triglyceride, Indomethacin, Sustained release.
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