Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research

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Herbal carrier-based floating microparticles of diltiazem hydrochloride for improved cardiac activity

Yun Zhou, Min-Li Zhang, Bai-Jing Yuan, Jin-qi Yuan, Xin-Fang Zhao, Li Zhao, Hong-Qiang Ren


Purpose: To formulate and characterize a gastroretentive floating drug delivery system for diltiazem hydrochloride using psyllium husk and sodium alginate as natural herbal carriers to improve the therapeutic effect of the drug in cardiac patients.

Methods: Floating microparticles containing diltiazem hydrochloride were prepared by the orifice ionic gelation technique. Various physicochemical properties of the floating microspheres were characterized, including drug content, particle size, surface morphology, in vitro drug release, and in vivo antihypertensive effect.

Results: The diltiazem hydrochloride microparticles exhibited a high drug content ranging from 63.23 ± 1.14 to 85.56 % ± 1.14 %. The particle size was 891.40 ± 2.14, 928.40 ± 1.79, 900.65 ± 2.22, and 1345.40 ± 1.36 μm (p < 0.05 compared to blank microspheres for formulations FDD1, FDD2, FDD3, and FFD4), respectively. Scanning electron microscopy showed that all the formulations had a smooth spherical surface with little pores and few cracks. The maximum floatability value was 83.11 % ± 3.18 % for FDD1. All of the formulations showed good in vitro drug release profiles, with a maximum release of 87.4 % of the drug at the end of 12 hours. The in vivo antihypertensive effects of the microparticles in human subjects were significant (p < 0.05 compared to normal controls), with a reduction in diastolic blood pressure from 120 to 78 mmHg at the end of 4 hours compared to diltiazem sustained-release tablets.

Conclusion: Psyllium husk and sodium alginate-based microspheres can be suitably prepared for the controlled delivery of diltiazem hydrochloride to cardiac patients. However, further study is required to develop the delivery system.

Keywords: Diltiazem, Cardiac disease, Psyllium husk, Sodium alginate, Microsphere, Microparticle, Controlled drug release, Gastroretentive, Floating drug delivery
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