Studies on the effect of water-soluble polymers on drug-cyclodextrin complex solubility.AAPS PharmSciTech. 2009; 10(3):858-63.AP
The effect of complexation of irbesartan (IRB), a practically water-insoluble drug, with cyclodextrins in presence of different concentrations of water-soluble polymers (PEG 4000 and PVP K-90) on the dissolution rate of the drug has been investigated. Phase solubility studies were carried out to evaluate the solubilizing power of betaCD in association with water-soluble polymers towards IRB and to determine the apparent stability constant (K (S)) of the complexes. Improvement in K(S) value for ternary complexes (IRB-betaCD-polymers) clearly proved the benefit on the addition of water-soluble polymer to increase complexation efficiency. The dissolution rate of the drug from ternary systems containing PEG 4000 and PVP K-90 was higher as compared to the binary system. An optimum increase in the dissolution rate of the drug was observed at a polymer concentration of 5% w/w for PVP K-90 and 10% w/w for PEG 4000. DSC, FTIR, SEM, and XRD studies were carried out to characterize the complexes.