Journal of Bioanalysis & Biomedicine

ISSN: 1948-593X

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Challenges in Administration of Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Addison’s Disease: A Case Study of Fludrocortisone Acetate


Najim A AL-Awwadi

Fludrocortisone is a known corticosteroid used to control the amount of sodium and fluids in body. Fludrocortisone act by decreasing the amount of sodium that is excreted in your urine. It is indicated to take orally and it is recommended not to stop Fludrocortisone treatment without Physician consent as sudden stoppage leads to several moderate to severe adverse effects.

There are several moderate to severe adverse effects reported with treatment of Fludrocortisone including high Blood Pressure (BP), Heart failure, weakness of muscles, changes in mood and low immune system function. Considering this there is need to develop sustained release formulation as microparticles which help to improve patient compliance by reducing dosage frequency which overall help to reduce side effects reported with Fludrocortisone.

The aim of this research is to develop different formulations of Fludrocortisone (FLU) by using various polymers (poly(ε-caprolactone, PLC), Eudragit® RS and Eudragit® RL) and different processes (oil-in-water (O/W) solvent evaporation methods and suspension-in-oil-in-water (S/O/W) evaporation methods). Small poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL)-based microparticles have successfully developed during study which was leading to good efficiency when it was prepared by oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion method with 7.5 mg/ml of FLU.


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