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Research Paper Open Access
An attempt was made to sustain the release of metformin HCl as well as to mask the bitter taste by complexation technique using strong cation-exchange resins, indion 244 and indion 264. The drug loading onto ion-exchange resin was optimized for mixing time, activation, effect of pH, mode of mixing, ratio of drug:resin and temperature. The resinate was evaluated for micromeritic properties, taste masking and characterized using XRPD and IR. Using resinate sustained release tablets were formulated using hydoxypropylmethylcellulose K100M.The tablets were evaluated for hardness, thickness, friability, drug content, weight variation and in vitro drug release. Tablets thus formulated (Batch B-6) provided sustained release of drug over a period of 10 h with first order kinetics. The release of metformin HCl from resinate controls the diffusion of drug molecules through the polymeric material into aqueous medium. Results showed that metformin HCl was successfully taste masked and formulated into a sustained dosage form as an alternative to the conventional tablet.
Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, indion 244 and 264, metformin hydrochloride, sustained release, taste masking