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Papers: 21 May 2022 - 27 May 2022

2022 May 20

J Pharm Sci

Preparation and evaluation of hydrogel film containing tramadol for reduction of peripheral neuropathic pain.


Natori N, Shibano Y, Hiroki A, Taguchi M, Miyajima A, Yoshizawa K, Kawano Y, Hanawa T
J Pharm Sci. 2022 May 20.
PMID: 35605686.


To develop and assess new dosage forms for the alternative to existing oral medication for peripheral neuropathy, a hydrogel film in the skin patch formation containing tramadol hydrochloride (TRA), a water-soluble drug used as an analgesic, was prepared and evaluated. A hydrogel film composed of 20%(w/w) hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) irradiated with electron beams had high transparency and elasticity similar to commercially available wound dressings and soft tissues, suggesting that it is a suitable substrate for TRA. The inclusion of TRA was enabled by immersing the HPMC hydrogel film in TRA aqueous solution. The release and skin permeation of TRA from TRA-containing hydrogel films differed depending on the electron beam dose. Moreover, the analgesic effects in mice were confirmed in a dose-dependent manner. This study demonstrated the usefulness of a hydrogel film containing TRA as a new dosage form alternative to the existing oral medication for peripheral neuropathy.