AAPS PharmSciTech

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 63-68

Tablet formulation containing meloxicam and β-cyclodextrin: Mechanical characterization and bioavailability evaluation

  • Mamdouh M. GhorabAffiliated withDepartment of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, Suez Canal University Email author 
  • , Heba M. Abdel-SalamAffiliated withResearch Projects Department, Medical Union Pharmaceutical Co
  • , Marwa A. El-SayadAffiliated withResearch Projects Department, Medical Union Pharmaceutical Co
  • , Mohammed M. MekhelAffiliated withResearch Projects Department, Medical Union Pharmaceutical Co


The purpose of this research was to evaluate β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) as a vehicle, either singly or in blends with lactose (spray-dried or monohydrate), for preparing a meloxicam tablet. Aqueous solubility of meloxicam in presence of β-CD was investigated. The tablets were prepared by direct compression and wet granulation techniques. The powder blends and the granules were evaluated for angle of repose, bulk density, compressibility index, total porosity, and drug content. The tablets were subjected to thickness, diameter, weight variation test, drug content, hardness, friability, disintegration time, and in vitro dissolution studies. The effect of β-CD on the bioavailability of meloxicam was also investigated in human volunteers using a balanced 2-way crossover study. Phase-solubility studies indicated an AL-type diagram with inclusion complex of 1∶1 molar ratio. The powder blends and granules of all formulations showed satisfactory flow properties, compressibility, and drug content. All tablet formations prepared by direct compression or wet granulation showed acceptable mechanical properties. The dissolution rate of meloxicam was significantly enhanced by inclusion of β-CD in the formulations up to 30%. The mean pharmacokinetic parameters (Cmax, Ke, and area under the curve [AUC]0−∞) were significantly increased in presence of β-CD. These results suggest that β-CD would facilitate the preparation of meloxicam tablets with acceptable mechanical properties using the direct compression technique as there is no important difference between tablets prepared by direct compression and those prepared by wet granulation. Also, β-CD is particularly useful for improving the oral bioavailablity of meloxicam.


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