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Determination of Carteolol in Pure and Pharmaceutical Formulation by Spectrophotometric Method

Malek Okdeh*, Chahid Moustpha and Mohammad Shraitah

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Teshreen University, Lattakia, Syria

*Corresponding Author:
Malek Okdeh
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Teshreen University
Lattakia, Syria
Tel: 96341352451
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 18, 2016; Accepted date: February 11, 2016; Published date: February 15, 2016

Citation: Okdeh M, Moustpha C, Shraitah M (2016) Determination of Carteolol in Pure and Pharmaceutical Formulation by Spectrophotometric Method. Med chem (Los Angeles) 6:115-118. doi:10.4172/2161-0444.1000334

Copyright: © 2016 Okdeh M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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An accurate, simple, fast, and good sensitive Spectrophotometric method have been developed for the determination of Carteolol based on the formation of complex (ion-pair complexes) between the Carteolol (CRT) and Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (AR) at pH=11.20. This reaction produces a complex red color which is absorbed maximally at 500 nm. Beer’s law was obeyed in the range of 1.80-197.30 ug/mL with molar absorptivity of 1.7663×103 L mole-1cm-1. The effects of analytical parameters on the reported system were investigated. The results were validated statistically. The proposed method was applied to commercially available tablets. Interferences of the other ingredients and excipients were not observed.


Carteolol; Complex formation; Spectrophotometry


Carteolol is a nonselective beta-adrenergic blocking agent with associated intrinsic sympathomimetic activity and without significant membrane-stabilizing activity. Carteolol hydrochloride reduces normal and elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) whether accompanied by glaucoma or not the correct mechanism of the ocular hypotensive effect of beta-blockers has not been definitely demonstrated. In general, beta-adrenergic blockers reduce cardiac output in patients in good, poor and very cardiovascular health. In different patients with severe impairment of myocardial function and β- blockers may inhibit the sympathetic stimulation necessary to maintain adequate cardiac function. β- adrenergic blockers may also increase airway resistance in the bronchi and bronchioles due to unopposed parasympathetic activity [1-3]. Chemically Carteolol Hydrochloride is 5-[(2RS)-3-[(1, 1-Dimethylethyl) amino]-2-hydroxypropoxy]-3, 4- dihydroquinolin- 2(1H)- one hydrochloride. It has the molecular formula C16H25N2O3Cl and the molecular weight is 328.8. Carteolol Hydrochloride is a white, crystalline powder. Carteolol hydrochloride is soluble in water, slightly soluble in alcohol, sparingly soluble in methanol and is practically insoluble in methylene chloride [4,5]. for the simultaneous quantification of carteolol and dorzolamide in rabbit aqueous humor (AH) and ciliary body (CB) has been developed and validated using reversed phase-high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) with isocratic elution coupled with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (APCI-MS/MS) [6,7].


Materials and methods

All the reagents and chemicals used were of Analytical Reagent Grade. Carteolol Hydrochloride was kindly supplied by GSK Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, India. Spectral and absorbance measurements were made with UV-Vis Spectrophotometer (OpTMA SP3000 from Korea) double beam spectrophotometer with 1 cm matched quartz cell.

Reagents and solutions

Stjjock standard solution of Carteolol (1×10-3 M) was prepared by dissolving 32.88 mg of Carteolol in 100 mL of NaOH (0.03N) in 100 ml volumetric flask. The standard solution was prepared by dilution of the stock standard solution with NaOH (0.03N) to reach concentration (1×10-4 M) of CRT. This solution was stored in a well closed vessel. The solution is stable. Solutions of reagent Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (AR) were prepared with a concentration of (1×10-3 M) by dissolving suitable weight of the reagent in NaOH (0.03N) and diluted to the mark in 100 ml volumetric flask.

Buffer solution( PH=2.0 -12.0): different buffer solution was used 0.1M Citrate buffer, 0.1M Ammonium buffer, 0.1M borate buffer and 0.1M britton buffer solution.

Proposed procedure

To different aliquots of Carteolol (1.80–197.30 μg/mL) in tubes, add 61.84 μg/ml of Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (AR) solution and added 1ml from Britton buffer at pH 11.2. Transfer to 10 mL volumetric flask. Make the volume up to the mark with NaOH (0.03N). Measure the absorbance of the solution at 500 nm against reagent blank.

Results and Discussion

Preliminary investigations have shown that Carteolol reacts with Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (AR) in Britton buffer pH= 11.20 to give the color complex, which is absorbed at a maximum of 500nm as shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Absorption spectrum of CRT-AR Formation.

To optimize the reaction conditions, different parameters have been investigated such as reagent concentration, color stability, pH buffer and amount of buffer (pH= 11.20).

Effect of time on the stability of the color CRT-AR complex

Developed color was stable up to 2 hours which was considered sufficient time for an analyst to carry out analysis (Figure 2).


Figure 2: Effect of time on the color Development.

Effect of pH buffer

The effect of pH was studied in the presence of various buffers such as Briton, Citrate, borate and Ammonium. It was observed that the maximum color intensity and constant absorbance were found in britton buffer solution (0.1M) of pH =11.20 for CRT-AR system using 1 ml of britton buffer solution (0.1M) as shown in Figure 3.


Figure 3: Effect of the pH value on absorption of CRT-AR complex.

Effect of amount of britton (0.1M) buffer (pH= 11.20)

The optimum of amount of britton buffer solution (0.1M) for the assay of drugs was studied. 1 ml of britton buffer solution (0.1M) pH= 11.20 sufficient for complete color development for CRT-AR complex as shown in Figure 4.


Figure 4: Effect of amount of britton(0.1M) buffer (pH 5.2).

Effect of reagent concentration

The effect of Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (AR) concentration on the color development was investigated. 2.0 mL of Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (10-3M) reagent produced maximum color intensity (Figure 5).


Figure 5: Effect of the amount of( AR) on on absorbance of CRT-AR complex.

Molar Ratios Determination of CRT-AR complex

The molar ratio was determined using the molar ratio methods [8] and continuous variation [9] methods. The ratio were found to be 1:3 for CRT:AR (Figures 6 and 7).


Figure 6: Continuous Variation plot for CRT-AR complex.


Figure 7: Molar ratio plot for CRT-AR complex.

Linearity and sensitivity

A linear relation was obtained between absorbance and concentration of CRT in the range of 1.80–197.30 μg/mL (Figure 8). The graphs show negligible intercept and they are described by the regression equation, A= m C + b (where A is the absorbance of 1 cm layer, m is the slope, b is the intercept and C is the concentration of the measured solution in μ obtained by the least-squares method [10]. The high molar absorptivity of the resulting colored complex indicate the good sensitivity of the method. The Beer’s law limits, Sandell sensitivity, molar absorptivity, linear regression equation, correlation coefficient and detection limit [11] determined for the method are given in Table 1.


Figure 8: Calibration rang for Carteolol.

Parameter Value
λmax (m) 500
Beer’s law limit (μg/mL) 1.80–197.30
Molar absorptivity (L mole-1 cm-1) 1.7663×103
Sandell’s sensitivity (μg/mL per0.001 A) 0.18
Slope (m) 0.0044
Intercept (c) 0.0102
Correlation coefficient 0.999
Relative Standard Deviation* 3.48
Limit of Detection (μg/mL) 0.52
Limit of quantitation (μg/ml) 1.75

Table 1: Optical characteristics and statistical data for the regression equation of the proposed method.

Accuracy and precision

The results obtained are summarized in Table 2. The low values of relative standard deviation (RSD) indicates good precision and reproducibility of the method. The average percent recoveries obtained were 95.55 – 100.83%, indicating good accuracy of the methods [12,13].

CRT Taken (μg/ml) CRT Found* (μg/ml) Standard Deviation SD Relative Standard Deviation RSD % analytical Error SD/(n)1/2 Confidence limit (μg/ml) Recovery% R(%)
1.80 1.72 0.060 3.48 0.026 1.80±0.072 95.55
16.44 16.08 0.271 1.68 0.121 16.08 ±0.335 97.81
26.30 25.8 0.667 2.58 0.298 25.8±0.827 98.09
32.88 32.75 0.089 0.27 0.039 32.75±0.108 99.6
65.76 66.31 0.676 1.01 0.302 66.31±0.838 100.83
98.65 99.43 1.536 1.54 0.686 99.43±1.904 100.79
131.53 131.96 0.588 0.44 0.262 131.96±0.727 100.32
164.42 165.26 1.183 0.71 0.529 165.26±1.468 100.51
197.30 196.36 1.254 0.63 0.560 196.36±1.554 99.52

Table 2: Study of the precision and of the accuracy of the method.

Application to the pharmaceutical dosage forms

The proposed method has been successfully applied to the determination of CRT in pharmaceutical preparations Table 3. The ingredients in the tablets did not interfere in the experiments.

Formulation Label claim (mg) CRT Taken (μg/ml) CRT Found (μg/ml) Standard Deviation SD Content determined* (mg) Relative Standard Deviation RSD % Recovery% R (%)
CALTE 100 50 49.68 0.474 99.36 0.95 99.36
10 100 99.32 0.506 99.32 0.51 99.32

Table 3: Results of the estimation of CRT in tablets.


The proposed method for the estimation of Cartelol using Alizarin yellow R Sodium salt (AR) are advantageous over many of the reported methods. The methods are rapid, simple and have good sensitivity and accuracy. Proposed method makes use of simple reagent, which an ordinary analytical laboratory can afford. The high recovery percentage and low relative standard deviation reflect the high accuracy and precision of the proposed method. The method are easy, applicable to a wide range of concentration, besides being less time consuming and depend on simple reagent which are available, thus offering economic and acceptable method for the routine determination of Cartelol in its formulations.


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    Posted on Sep 29 2016 at 7:43 pm
    This research paper reports an accurate, simple, fast, and good sensitive Spectrophotometric method for the determination of carteolol based on the formation of complex.

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