Sustained release properties of alginate microspheres and tabletted microspheres of diclofenac sodium

Gursoy A., Cevik S.

JOURNAL OF MICROENCAPSULATION, vol.17, no.5, pp.565-575, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Page Numbers: pp.565-575


This study focused on the properties of diclofenac sodium (DNa) alginate (alg) microspheres and tabletted DNa alg microspheres using different polymers as additives. DNa alginate microspheres were prepared by the emulsification method and different polymers such as Eudragit (Eud) NE 30 D, Eudragit (Eud) RS 30 D and Aquacoat, which were incorporated into alg gel to control the release rate of drug. The release properties of DNa alg microspheres (1:1) were affected by the size, drug load of microspheres and also by the incorporated polymers, pH and ionic strength of dissolution medium. Tabletting of alg microspheres using carrageenan (carr), alg, pectin, NaCMC, tragacanth (trgh) and HPMC as additives in a (50:50) ratio produced tablets with good physical properties and also better controlled release of DNa. Dissolution studies were carried out in pH 7.2 phosphate buffer and phosphate buffers whose pH values were gradually changed from pH 3 to 7.4. The rank order of DNa release from tablets was carr < alg