DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF ORO-DISPERSIBLE FILM OF NICARDIPINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Nicardipine is a antihypertensive drug, which undergoes extensive hepatic degradation (93%) and have poor bioavailability (35%). For overcoming this problem Oro-dispersible film of Nicardipine hydrochloride is formulated by employing Solvent casting technique with suitable film forming agent; beta cyclodextrin and Sodium Starch glycolate in a different proportion. The prepared film avoids extensive first pass metabolism and improvement in dissolution efficacy, disintegration time which results in improvement in bioavailability. The advantage of this formulation is such that in case of hypertension attack patient can take the drug without the usage of water.
Therefore the main objective of the present work is to develop Oro-dispersible films for Nicardipine hydrochloride to improve bioavailability, disintegration time, dissolution efficacy and patient compliance.
KEYWORDS: Solvent Casting Technique, Film forming agent, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Betacyclodextrine