Release Behaviour of Propranolol HCL from Hydrophilic Matrix Tablets Containing Psyllium Powder in Combination with Hydrophilic Polymers

Mohammad R. Siahi-Shadbad, Kofi Asare-Addo, Kakali Azizian, Davoud Hassanzadeh, Ali Nokhodchi

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The objective of this study was to investigate the release behaviour of propranolol hydrochloride from psyllium matrices in the presence hydrophilic polymers. The dissolution test was carried out at pH 1.2 and pH 6.8. Binary mixtures of psyllium and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) used showed that an increase in the percentage of HPMC in the binary mixtures caused a significant decrease in the release rate of propranolol. Psyllium-alginate matrices produced lower drug release as compared to when the alginate was the matrix former alone. When sodium carboxy methyl cellulose (NaCMC) was incorporated into the psyllium, the results showed that matrices containing the ratio of psyllium-NaCMC in the 1:1 ratio are able to slow down the drug release significantly as compared to matrices made from only psyllium or NaCMC as retardant agent suggesting that there could be a synergistic effect between psyllium and NaCMC. The double-layered tablets showed that the psyllium and HPMC in the outer shell of an inner formulation of psyllium alone had the greatest effect of protecting the inner core and thus producing the lowest drug release (DE∈=∈38%, MDT∈=∈93 min). A significant decrease in the value of n in Q∈=∈kt n from 0.70 to 0.51 as the psyllium content was increased from 50 to 150 mg suggests that the presence of psyllium in HPMC matrices affected the release mechanism. Psyllium powder had the ability in the combination with other hydrophilic polymers to produce controlled release profiles. Care and consideration should as such be taken when formulating hydrophilic matrices in different combinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1176-1182
Number of pages7
JournalAAPS PharmSciTech
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


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