Development and in vivo evaluation of an innovative “Hydrochlorothiazide-in Cyclodextrins-in Solid Lipid Nanoparticles” formulation with sustained release and enhanced oral bioavailability for potential hypertension treatment in pediatrics

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An innovative pediatric oral formulation of hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) (2 mg/mL), endowed with improved bioavailability and sustained release properties and suitable for the hypertension treatment in pediatric patients, was developed by combining the drug-cyclodextrin complexation and the incorporation of the complex into Solid Lipid Nanoparticles (SLN). Precirol®ATO5-based SLN, with two different surfactants (Pluronic®F68 and Tween®80) loaded with the drug as such or as binary system with hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPβCd) and sulfobutyl-ether-beta-cyclodextrin (SBEβCd) both as physical mixture (P.M.) or coground product (GR), were prepared using the hot high-shear homogenization followed by ultrasonication method. Loading of the drug:HPβCd both as P.M. and GR gave rise to nanoparticle formation, differently from the HCT:SBEβCd ones, with an entrapment efficiency of about 65%. Such SLN formulations showed an improvement of the drug release rate compared both to the drug suspension and to the free drug-loaded SLN. In all cases the SLN containing the GR systems exhibited better performances than the corresponding with P.M. However, the presence of Tween®80 gave rise to the complete drug release after only 150 min, without providing a sustained release, whereas Pluronic®F68-based SLN containing GR were able to assure a sustained release over the time achieving more than 75% drug released at the end of the test, maintaining a constant 1.8-fold increase respect to simple drug suspension. Pluronic®F68-based SLN showed a pharmaceutically acceptable stability up to three months. In vivo studies highlighted the effectiveness of such formulations, enabling a concomitant increased diuretic effect and a sustained drug release and, consequently, enhanced HCT oral bioavailability.

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