In Vitro Dissolution Pattern of Metronidazole Film Coated Tablet in Presence of Fruit Juice

Faisal Asif, Tania Sultana, Md. Didaruzzaman Sohel, Md. Helal Uddin Sumon, Md. Hassan Kawsar, Md. Ashraful Islam

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In Vitro Dissolution Pattern of Metronidazole Film Coated Tablet in Presence of Fruit Juice

Faisal Asif1, Tania Sultana1, Md. Didaruzzaman Sohel1,, Md. Helal Uddin Sumon2, Md. Hassan Kawsar1, Md. Ashraful Islam1

1Department of Pharmacy, State University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Abstract

This study concentrates on dissolution of drug in presence of fruit juice specifically mango juice. This work aspires current research to study the dissolution approach pattern of commercial formulation of metronidazole in Bangladesh commercially available eight brands of metronidazole film coated tablets were studied in gastric medium (pH 1.2). All brands got reasonably higher dissolution release mainly M02 (84.79%), M05 (75.86%), M06 (72.53%) and M07 (86.48%) were released relatively faster than other sample in 15 to 50 minutes. Therefore, Mango juice assists to enhance the therapeutic response of metronidazole on set of quick response.

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  • Asif, Faisal, et al. "In Vitro Dissolution Pattern of Metronidazole Film Coated Tablet in Presence of Fruit Juice." American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 2.2 (2014): 32-36.
  • Asif, F. , Sultana, T. , Sohel, M. D. , Sumon, M. H. U. , Kawsar, M. H. , & Islam, M. A. (2014). In Vitro Dissolution Pattern of Metronidazole Film Coated Tablet in Presence of Fruit Juice. American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, 2(2), 32-36.
  • Asif, Faisal, Tania Sultana, Md. Didaruzzaman Sohel, Md. Helal Uddin Sumon, Md. Hassan Kawsar, and Md. Ashraful Islam. "In Vitro Dissolution Pattern of Metronidazole Film Coated Tablet in Presence of Fruit Juice." American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 2, no. 2 (2014): 32-36.

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1. Introduction

Metronidazole (5-nitroimidazole) has a selective activity against anaerobic microorganisms, including bacteria and protozoa. It is usually bactericidal at low concentrations, and its spectrum of activity encompasses almost all anaerobic bacteria and some capnophilic organisms [1]. Metronidazole is the drug of choice for the treatment of various parasitic infections, pseudomembranous colitis, anaerobic infections, acne rosacea, Helicobacter pylori and Crohn's disease and has been used in clinical practice for many years [2]. The chemical structure of metronidazole has shown in Figure 1 adapted from reference [3].

Figure 1. The chemical structure of 2-(2-methyl-5-Nitro-1H-imidazol-1-yl) ethanol also known as Metronidazole

Metronidazole is rapidly absorbed from the small intestine on through oral administration including distribution all tissues and fluids. In liver metabolism through oxidation and conjugation process with glucuronic acid. It eliminates with urine concluding 7-8 hours of half-life period. Normally available in 400-800 mg film coated tablet and show interaction with alcohol medication [4]. Many studies prove that a huge portion of drugs is interacted different foodstuffs, drugs, beverages, juices and environmental chemical reagents [5]. Many drugs interact with fruit juice such as dihydropyridines, terfenadine, saquinavir, cyclosporine, midazolam, triazolam and verapamil, ergotamine, nimodipine, fluvoxamine, codeine, tramadol, oxycodone, hydrocodone, carbamazepine, imatinib, loperamide, losartan, dextromethorphan, repaglinide, buspirone, amiodarone, dronedarone, quinidine, disopyramide, propafenone, carvedilol, cisapride, felodipine, nicardipine, difedipine, nisoldipine, nitrendipine, sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil, dihydrocodeine, omeprazole, zolpidem, methadone, trazodone, praziquantel, albendazole, lovastatin, astemizole and mebendazole etc. [6-15][6]. In vitro dissolution acted as a key function in liberating the drug from the tablet matrix and marking for consequent gastrointestinal assimilation. Actually in vitro dissolution of the drug from the tablet matrix relies on many factors, which includes physiochemical properties, nature of formulation and process manufacturing of drugs [16]. Hence in vitro dissolution study has augmented a very important parameter for assuring product quality as well as for distinguishing formulations of same therapeutic agent [17]. In vitro dissolution study is a crucial artifice for the evaluation of formulation also understanding the potential risks affiliated with specific gastrointestinal environment, dose dumping, and food effects on bioavailability and interaction with other drugs [18]. In Bangladesh, there are many companies producing and marketing metronidazole film coated tablets. Beside the national brand, some international brands are also present in the market. This study deals with the determination of in vitro dissolution release and in vitro bioavailability characteristic of most commonly available metronidazole film coated tablet matrix considering with mango juice during administration.

2. Materials and Methods

Reference standard of Metronidazole supplied from Techno Drugs Limited. All reagents were analytical grade using for dissolution studies such as hydrochloric acid (Merck, Germany); potassium chloride (Merck, Germany).

2.1. Instruments

A Double beam Shimadzu UV-visible spectrometer (UV mini-1700, Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan with 1 cm quartz cells). HANNA HI 2211 pH meter (Romania), automated eight-basket tablet dissolution tester UDA-80 USP Standard (Veego, India).

2.2. Collection of Samples

Eight commonly available marketed brands (manufacturing date not exceed more than four months ago from the purchasing time) were collected. The samples were properly checked for their manufacturing batch number, license number, manufacturing date and expiring dates before collecting. They were randomly coded such as M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, M06, M07 and M08 etc. The labeled active ingredients contents of metronidazole were 400 mg and packaged in strip or blister packing. Those were stored 25±2°C for four weeks before the dissolution study for the consequence of organoleptic changes.

2.3. Preparation of Standard Solutions

0.1 gm of standard metronidazole including 40 ml of 0.1 HCl solutions was transferred to the volumetric flask and added up to 100 ml.

2.4. In vitro Dissolution Study

In vitro dissolution was performed by using US Pharmacopoeia dissolution test type II apparatus at 37±0.5°C with a degree of agitation 50 rpm/minutes and 900 ml of dissolution medium per vessel was used. The dissolution experiment was conducted in two phases, first phase implied the dissolution of 400 mg metronidazole using buffer dissolute on medium. Another phase contained 700 ml of buffer and 200 ml of mango juice including gastric medium (pH 1.2) was required [19].


2.4.1. Preparation of Gastric Medium

Preparation of simulated gastric medium (0.1 N HCl; pH 1.2) for 0.1N HCl, 11.4 ml of Hydrochloric acid (32% w/v) was diluted with sufficient water to produce 1000 ml [20]. Eight tablets from each formulation were weighed and placed in the baskets with 900 ml of 0.1N HCl was placed in each vessel and the apparatus was assembled. The operation in the gastric medium was carried out for 60 minutes. Every 5-minute interval, 5 ml of sample solution was withdrawn and filtered. The released drug was assayed by using UV spectrophotometer at 278 nm [21].

3. Result and Discussion

The purpose of the study a gradual concentration of solution 5, 10, 15, 20 mg/ml was constructed for plotting standard curve at 278 nm The corresponding regression data, indicated reasonable linear relationship R2 = 0.9887 (not mentioned). Eight Commercial brands Metronidazole film coated tablets justifying in vitro dissolution behavior in two phases; one using buffer dissolution medium while the other contained equal volume of buffer dissolution medium with mango juice. The release rate of the samples was determined reputedly 5 minutes for around 60 minutes. M01 to M08 presented in the Table 1, Table 2, and Table 3 respectively.

Table 1. Percent Release of sample M01 to M08 gastric dissolution medium and in presence of mango juice

Table 2. Percent remaining of sample M01 to M08 gastric dissolution medium and in presence of mango juice

Table 3. Percent log of remaining sample M01 to M08 gastric dissolution medium and in presence of mango juice

To understand the release kinetics other tablet matrix with Mango juice dissolution corresponding data were canvassed by various dissolution kinetics models such as Zero Order, First Order, Higuchi, and Hixon-Crowell etc. According to percent release vs. time (Figure 2), the log of release percent release vs. time (Figure 3), percent release vs. square root time (Figure 4) and cube root percent of release vs. time respectively (Figure 5) [22, 23].

Figure 2. Zero Order plots to ascertain release kinetics of different Metronidazole samples (a) and metronidazole samples with including mango juice (b)
Figure 3. First Order plots to ascertain release kinetics of different Metronidazole samples (a) and metronidazole samples with including mango juice (b)
Figure 4. Higuchi plots to ascertain release kinetics of different Metronidazole samples (a) and metronidazole samples with including mango juice (b)
Figure 5. Hixon-Crowell plots to ascertain release kinetics of different Metronidazole samples (a) and metronidazole samples with including mango juice (b)

In this study film coated tablet was used as a sample, so the initial drug release percentage in 5 minuets all the drug releases on average 48.93 % and 51.86 % in presence of mango juice. The drug rate of release controlled by increase or decrease in the drug solubility and concentration of drug in matrix system. Also dissolution depends on the surrounding medium. In dissolution medium kinetics Higuchi model found more eminently fitted which represent percent release vs. square root time (Figure 4). Also the comparison of the multiple correlation coefficient constituted in Table 4 and Table 5.

In gastric dissolution medium,Zero Order, First Order, higuchi and Hixon-Crowell correlation coefficient were demonstrated in Table 4. Here, Higuchi correllation coefficient predominant the dissolution release kinetics.

Table 4. Representation of correlation coefficient (R2) of remaining sample M01 to M08 gastric dissolution medium

Table 5. Representation of correlation coefficient (R2) of remaining sample M01 to M08 gastric dissolution medium

In gastric dissolution medium with mango juice,Zero Order, First Order, Higuchi and Hixon-Crowell correlation coefficient were demonstrated in Table 5. Here, Higuchi correllation coefficient predominant the dissolution release kinetics.

In vitro dissolution study subsequently completed in two different phases, the release rate of 04 brands found relatively faster in total 08 brands on medium containing mango juice and after 15 to 50 minutes the Metronidazole release was increasing in presence of mango juice was observed. The average results of Metronidazole releasing rate of 15 to 50 minutes were M02 (81.68%), M05 (73.58%), M06 (70.92%) and M07 (84.69%) in the gastric dissolution medium. Also in mango juice medium samples were M02 (84.79%), M05 (75.86%), M06 (72.53%) and M07 (86.48%). Which might be a denotation of reaction between the drug and the components of mango juice. All the brands were fulfill according to BP in vitro dissolution specification within 45 minutes in acidic media, pharmacopeia specifies that the metronidazole tablets should have a potency of between 95.0% to 105.0%. All brands were fulfill the specification in presence of mango juice. After 1 hour, All brands released more than 90% of drug in presence of mango juice. It was observed that mango juice partially initiates the release of metronidazole release in vitro dissolution medium.

4. Conclusion

In this study, revealed that most of the commercial brands of Metronidazole film coated tablets in Bangladesh met the official specification even further presence of mangojuice. There is no specific drug interaction study formed most of the drugs in Bangladesh. We are attempting to conduct an in vitro study dissolution of drugs with mango juice only. Further broadly research is must necessitate.

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the Pharmaceutical Technology Lab, State University of Bangladesh for providing facilities and technical support.

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