Development of Domperidone Solid Lipid Nanoparticles: In Vitro and In Vivo Characterization

Gamal A. Shazly, Sultan Alshehri, Mohamed A. Ibrahim, Hesham M. Tawfeek, Jelan A. Razik, Yasser A. Hassan, Faiyaz Shakeel

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Domperidone (DOP) is extensively applied orally in the management of nausea and vomiting. Upon oral administration, its bioavailability is very poor due to its poor solubility in alkaline media. Therefore, the aim of this work was to investigate DOP-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (DOP-SLNs) in order to sustain its release pattern and to enhance oral bioavailability. DOP-SLNs were prepared using four different lipids. Prepared DOP-SLNs were characterized for “polydispersity index (PDI), particle size, zeta potential, % entrapment efficiency (% EE), and drug release behavior.” Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study was carried out to illustrate the physical form of DOP and excipients. The morphology of DOP-SLNs was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Pharmacokinetic study on optimized DOP-SLN in comparison to tablet was performed in rats. The “particle size, PDI, zeta potential, and % EE” of optimized formulation (F5) were recorded as 201.4 nm, 0.071, − 6.2 mV, and 66.3%, respectively. DSC thermograms suggested amorphous state of DOP in various SLNs. Surface morphology of SLNs using SEM suggested spherical shape of the nanoparticles within nanometer size range. In vitro release studies confirmed that all SLN formulations possessed a sustained release over a period of 12 h (51.3% from optimized formulation) in comparison with immediate release from conventional tablets (100% after 90 min). Pharmacokinetic study showed significant enhancement in oral absorption of DOP from optimized SLN in comparison with DOP tablet. The enhancement in relative bioavailability of DOP from optimized SLN was 2.62-fold in comparison with DOP tablet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1712-1719
Number of pages8
JournalAAPS PharmSciTech
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • bioavailability
  • dissolution
  • domperidone
  • pharmacokinetics
  • solid lipid nanoparticles


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