Design, Development and Characterization of Nifedipine Microspheres

  • Arun Kumar Chalamalasetty
  • Boggula Narender
  • Bolledla Nirosha
  • Bakshi Vasudha
  • Peddapalli Himabindu


Back ground: Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker and is used in treatment of angina of angina pectoris and hypertension. Nifedipine readily and almost completely absorbed from GIT, but undergoes first pass metabolism, resulting in low oral bioavailability is about 50%.

Aim: The aim of the present study was to prepare and evaluate the microspheres of nifedipine with a goal of improving the bioavailability and giving a prolonged release of drug.

Method: Emulsification (o/w) solvent evaporation method was employed in the preparation of nifedipine microparticles using ethyl cellulose and combination of ethyl cellulose and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose as the polymers.

Results: FT-IR spectra of physical mixture showed no significant shifting of the peaks therefore it reveals that the drug is compatible with the polymer used. The percentage yield obtained in all the formulations was good and in the range of 59.25-94.44%. Among all the formulations, formulation with combination of ethyl cellulose and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose polymers M9 showed high amount of drug release i.e. (91.23%) in 12hrs. Drug release from microspheres with small mean particle size was faster than those with large mesh particle size and followed Higuchi model of kinetics.

Conclusion: The obtained results could be used as essence to develop microspheres, which bypasses first-pass metabolism and results in the improvement of bioavailability. Hence, the present study has been a satisfactory attempt to formulate microspheres of nifedipine, with a view of improving its oral bioavailability and giving a prolonged release of drug.

Keywords: Microspheres, nifedipine, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose E5, ethyl cellulose.


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Chalamalasetty AK, Narender B, Nirosha B, Vasudha B, Himabindu P. Design, Development and Characterization of Nifedipine Microspheres. JDDT [Internet]. 5May2019 [cited 10Aug.2022];9(3):138-46. Available from:

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