[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Abstract Gel formulations containing the local anesthetic butamben (BTB) encapsulated in either conventional (BTBLUV) or elastic (BTBLUV-EL) liposomes were prepared and characterized, and then evaluated in terms of their skin permeability. Parameters measured included vesicle size and surface charge, BTB fluorescence anisotropy, encapsulation efficiency, partition coefficient and liposomal membrane organization. Encapsulation efficiencies and membrane/water partition coefficients were determined using a phase separation. The partition coefficients of the elastic and conventional formulations were 2025 ± 234 and 1136 ± 241, respectively. The sizes of the elastic and conventional liposomes did not change significantly (p > 0.05) following incorporation of the anesthetic. As expected, the elastic liposomes presented order parameters that were lower than those of the conventional liposomes, as determined by electron paramagnetic resonance with a 5-stearic acid nitroxide probe incorporated into the bilayer. After 8 h, the fluxes into the receiving solution (µg/cm(2)/h) were 6.95 ± 1.60 (10% BTB), 23.17 ± 6.09 (10% BTBLUV) and 29.93 ± 6.54 (10% BTBLUV-EL). The corresponding time lags (h) were 1.90 ± 0.48, 1.23 ± 0.28 and 1.57 ± 0.38, respectively. The permeability coefficients (10(-3 )cm/h) were 1.02 ± 0.23, 2.96 ± 0.77 and 4.14 ± 0.9, for 10% BTB, 10% BTBLUV and 10% BTBLUV-EL, respectively. The results demonstrate that anesthetic access through the skin can be considerably enhanced using liposomal gel formulations, compared to plain gel formulations.
Journal of Liposome Research 05/2013; · 1.91 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: One of the most common strategies for pain control during and after surgical procedures is the use of local anesthetics. Prolonged analgesia can be safely achieved with drug delivery systems suitably chosen for each local anesthetic agent. Areas covered: This review considers drug delivery formulations of local anesthetics designed to prolong the anesthetic effect and decrease toxicity. The topics comprise the main drug delivery carrier systems (liposomes, biopolymers, and cyclodextrins) for infiltrative administration of local anesthetics. A chronological review of the literature is presented, including details of formulations as well as the advantages and pitfalls of each carrier system. The review also highlights pharmacokinetic data on such formulations, and gives an overview of the clinical studies published so far concerning pain control in medicine and dentistry. Expert opinion: The design of novel drug delivery systems for local anesthetics must focus on how to achieve higher uploads of the anesthetic into the carrier, and how to sustain its release. This comprehensive review should be useful to provide the reader with the current state-of-art regarding drug delivery formulations for local anesthetics and their possible clinical applications.
Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 11/2012; · 4.87 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bupivacaine (BVC) and ropivacaine (RVC) are local anesthetics widely used in surgical procedures. In previous studies, inclusion complexes of BVC or RVC in hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) increased differential nervous blockade, compared to the plain anesthetic solutions. In this study we evaluated the local neural and muscular toxicity of these new formulations containing 0.5% BVC or RVC complexed with HP-β-CD (BVC(HP-β-CD) and RVC(HP-β-CD)).
Schwann cell viability was assessed by determination of mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity, and histopathological evaluation of the rat sciatic nerve was used to identify local neurotoxic effects (48 hours and 7 days after the treatments). Evaluations of serum creatine kinase levels and the histopathology of rat gastrocnemius muscle (48 hours after treatment) were also performed.
Schwann cell toxicity evaluations revealed no significant differences between complexed and plain local anesthetic formulations. However, use of the complexed local anesthetics reduced serum creatine kinase levels 5.5-fold, relative to the plain formulations. The differences were significant at P < 0.05 (BVC) and P < 0.01 (RVC). The histopathological muscle evaluation showed that differences between groups treated with local anesthetics (BVC or RVC) and their respective complexed formulations (BVC(HP-β-CD) or RVC(HP-β-CD)) were significant (P < 0.05).
We concluded that the new formulations presented a lower myotoxicity and a similar cytotoxic effect when compared to plain local anesthetic solutions.
Anesthesia and analgesia 07/2012; 115(5):1234-41. · 3.08 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sufentanil (SUF) is a synthetic analgesic opioid widely used for the management of acute and chronic pain. This drug was complexed with 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) and the physicochemical characterization, in vitro/ex vivo toxicity assays, and pharmacological evaluation were performed. Differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis, and X-ray powder diffraction showed the formation and the morphology of the complex. Nuclear magnetic resonance afforded data regarding inclusion complex stoichiometry (1:1) with an association binding constant (K(a)) value of 515.2 ± 1.2 M(-1) between SUF and HP-β-CD. Complexation with HP-β-CD protected SUF from light exposure and increased its photostability. Release kinetics revealed a decrease in SUF release rate (K(rel) = 7.05 ± 0.52 and 5.61 ± 0.39 min(-1/2) for SUF-HP-β-CD and SUF, respectively) and reduced hemolytic or myotoxic effects after complexation. Time course of tail-flick test showed that the duration of analgesia induced by SUF (150.0 ± 34.6 min) was significantly increased (p < 0.001) after complexation with HP-β-CD (355.7 ± 47.2 min) when injected at the same dose (1 μg kg(-1)), prolonging the duration of analgesia after intramuscular administration and representing an alternative on the development of effective and safe drug-delivery system for opioid analgesics.
Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 06/2012; 101(10):3698-707. · 3.13 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The pharmacokinetics of commercial and liposome-encapsulated mepivacaine (MVC) injected intra-orally in healthy volunteers was studied.
In this double blind, randomized cross-over study, 15 volunteers received, at four different sessions, 1.8 ml of the following formulations: 2% MVC with 1 : 100 000 epinephrine (MVC(2%EPI) ), 3% MVC (MVC(3%) ), 2% and 3% liposome-encapsulated MVC (MVC(2%LUV) and MVC(3%LUV) ). Blood samples were collected pre dose (0 min) and at 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 180, 240, 300, 360 min after injections. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was used to quantify plasma MVC concentrations.
Pharmacokinetic analysis showed that the maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) and the areas under the curves (AUC(0-360) and AUC(0-∞)) after MVC(2%LUV) and MVC(2%EPI) injections were smaller (P < 0.05) than the equivalent figures for MVC(3%) and MVC(3%LUV). The time to maximum plasma concentration (Tmax) and the half-life of elimination (t½beta) obtained after the treatment with MVC(2%LUV), MVC(2%EPI), MVC(3%) and MVC(3%LUV) presented no statistically significant differences (P > 0.05). Cmax, AUC(0-360) and AUC(0-∞) after injection of the 2% formulations (MVC(2%LUV) and MVC(2%EPI) ) did not exhibit statistically significant differences (P > 0.05). The pharmacokinetics of MVC(2%LUV) were comparable to the pharmacokinetics of MVC(2%EPI).
The liposomal formulation of 2% MVC exhibits similar systemic absorption to the local anesthetic with vasoconstrictor.
The Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology. 03/2012; 64(3):397-403.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Local anesthetics (LA) are among the most important pharmacological compounds used to attenuate or eliminate pain. However, systemic toxicity is still a limitation for LA application, especially for ester-type drugs, such as tetracaine (TTC) that presents poor chemical stability (due to hydrolysis by plasma esterases). Several approaches have been used to improve LA pharmaceutical properties, including the employment of drug-delivery systems. Here we used beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD) or hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) to develop two new TTC formulations (TTC:β-CD and TTC:HP-β-CD). The inclusion complexes formation, in a 1:1 stoichiometry, was confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, UV-VIS absorption and fluorescence. Nuclear magnetic resonance (DOSY experiments) revealed that TTC association with HP-β-CD is stronger (Ka=1200 mol/L(-1)) than with β-CD (Ka=845 mol/L(-1)). Moreover, nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) experiments provided information on the topology of the complexes, where TTC aromatic ring is buried inside the CD hydrophobic cavity. In vitro tests with 3T3 fibroblast cells culture revealed that complexation decreased TTC cytotoxicity. In addition, the total analgesic effect of TTC, tested in rats through the infraorbital nerve test, was improved in 36% with TTC:β-CD and TTC:HP-β-CD. In conclusion, these formulations presented potential for future clinical use, by reducing the toxicity and increasing the antinociceptive effect of tetracaine.
Journal of Drug Targeting 11/2011; 20(1):85-96. · 2.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This blinded crossover study evaluated the efficacy and pain sensitivity evoked by a previously reported liposome-encapsulated mepivacaine formulation (Araujo et al., 2004). Thirty healthy volunteers received an intraoral injection (1.8 mL), at four different sessions, of the following formulations: 2% mepivacaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine (MVC(2%EPI)), 3% mepivacaine (MVC(3%)), and 2 and 3% liposome-encapsulated mepivacaine (MVC(2%LUV) and MVC(3%LUV)). Latency period and duration of anesthesia were assessed by an electrical pulp tester and injection discomfort by a visual analog scale (VAS). Data were analyzed with Tukey-Kramer and Friedman tests (P < 0.05). No significant difference was found regarding latency period (in minutes) among the formulations (P > 0.05). The duration of anesthesia after the injection of MVC(3%LUV) was higher than the one obtained after the infiltration of MVC(2%LUV) and of MVC(3%) (P < 0.05). However, the duration of anesthesia obtained with MVC(3%) did not differ from the one obtained with MVC(2%LUV) (P > 0.05). MVC(3%LUV) showed lower VAS median values than MVC(2%EPI) (P < 0.05), and there were no significant differences among the others formulations. Liposome-encapsulated 3% mepivacaine showed longer duration of anesthesia, in comparison to the commercial formulation of MVC(3%). MVC(2%LUV) was able to produce a similar duration of anesthesia as the 3% commercial formulation, despite the 50% decrease in the anesthetic concentration. Thus, the encapsulation of mepivacaine increased the duration of anesthesia and reduced the injection discomfort caused by vasoconstrictor-associated formulations in healthy volunteers.
Journal of Liposome Research 03/2011; 21(1):88-94. · 1.91 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study aimed to analyze the influence of storage conditions of local anesthetic solutions in the inflammatory reaction after injection in rats.
Twenty-four rats received in their oral mucosa the injection of 2% lidocaine with epinephrine 1:100.000 solutions (LA) submitted to the following storage conditions during a twelve-month period: G1--inside the original packaging, in refrigerator (5±1°C); G2--inside the original box, under light shelter, at room temperature; G3--outside the original box at room temperature (exposed to artificial light for 12 hours/day) and G4--brand new solution. For the controls tests, 0.9% sodium chloride solution was injected in the opposite side. After 6 and 24 hours, three animals of each group were sacrificed and their maxilla along with the soft tissue were removed and submitted to histological analysis (HE).
The pH of LA was measured before and after the storage period and no statistically differences were observed between G1 and G4, but both were different from G2 and G3. All the scores of the testing solutions were higher than their respective negative controls, except for G1 at 6 hours. The order of the scores of inflammation after 6 hours was G3>G4>G2=G1. After 24 hours the order was G3>G2>G1>G4.
The study showed that the method of storage can influence the pH and the level of inflammatory reaction after the injection of 2% lidocaine with epinephrine 1:100.000.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this work was to develop anesthetic bioadhesive films containing benzocaine and study their in vitro skin permeation and in vivo performance, in comparison with commercial formulations.
Films containing 3% and 5% w/w of benzocaine were prepared and characterized by weight, drug content, thickness and morphology. In vitro permeation assays were performed in vertical diffusion cells using full-thickness pig ear skin as barrier. Intensity and duration of analgesia were evaluated in rats by tail-flick test, and skin histological analysis was carried out.
Tail-flick test showed that the duration of benzocaine-induced analgesia was significantly prolonged with the films compared to commercial creams, in agreement with the higher in vitro permeation. Histological analysis of the rat tail skin did not reveal morphological tissue changes nor cell infiltration signs after application of the commercial creams or films.
Results from our study indicate that the films developed in this work can be considered as innovative dermal/transdermal therapeutic systems for benzocaine local delivery.
Pharmaceutical Research 08/2010; 27(8):1677-86. · 4.74 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The pharmacokinetics and the local toxicity of commercial and liposome-encapsulated mepivacaine formulations injected intra-orally in rats were studied. Animals were divided in groups (n = 4-6) and treated with 0.1 mL of the formulations: 2% mepivacaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine (MVC(2%EPI)), 3% mepivacaine (MVC(3%)), and 2% liposome-encapsulated mepivacaine (MVC(LUV)). The results showed that the 2% liposome-encapsulated mepivacaine reduced C(max), prolonged AUC(0-infinity) and t(1/2) compared with 3% plain and 2% vasoconstritor-associated mepivacaine, after intraoral injection. In addition, it was also observed that liposomal mepivacaine might protect the tissue against local inflammation evoked by plain or vasoconstrictors-associated mepivacaine, giving supporting evidence for its safety and possible clinical use in dentistry.
Drug Delivery 02/2010; 17(2):68-76. · 2.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although technological innovations in the area of drug delivery claim for varied benefits, increasing the drug therapeutic index for human clinical application is the main goal pursued. Drug delivery systems for local anesthetics (LA) have attracted researchers due to many biomedical advantages associated to their application. Formulation approaches to systemically deliver LA include the encapsulation in liposomes, complexation in cyclodextrins, association with biopolymers and others carrier systems. Topical delivery systems for LA are characteristically composed by a diversity of adjuvants (viscosity inducing agents, preservatives, permeation enhancers, emollients,) and presentations such as semisolid (gel, creams, ointments), liquid (o/w and w/o emulsions, dispersions) and solid (patches) pharmaceutical forms. The proposed formulations aims to reduce the LA concentration used, increase its permeability and absorption, keep the LA at the target site for longer periods prolonging the anesthetic or analgesic effect and, finally, to decrease the clearance, local and systemic toxicity. This review deals with the innovations pertaining to formulations and techniques for drug-delivery of topical and injectable local anesthetics, as described in recent patents.
Recent patents on drug delivery & formulation. 10/2009; 4(1):23-34.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study reports a physicochemical stability evaluation of a previously reported liposomal prilocaine (PLC(LUV)) formulation (Cereda et al. J. Pharm. Pharmaceut. Sci. 7:235, 2004) before and after steam sterilization as well as its local toxicity evaluation. Prilocaine (PLC) was encapsulated into extruded unilamellar liposomes (LUVs) composed by egg phosphatidylcholine:cholesterol:alfa-tocopherol (4:3:0.07, mole %). Laser light-scattering analysis (p > 0.05) and thiobarbituric acid reaction (p > 0.05) were used to evaluate the liposomes physical (size) and chemical (oxidation) stability, respectively. The prilocaine chemical stability was followed by (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance. These tests detected no differences on the physicochemical stability of PLC or PLC(LUV), sterilized or not, up to 30 days after preparation (p > 0.05). Finally, the paw edema test and histological analysis of rat oral mucosa were used to assess the possible inflammatory effects of PLC(LUV). PLC(LUV) did not evoke rat paw edema (p > 0.05), and no significant differences were found in histological analysis, when compared to the control groups (p > 0.05). The present work shows that PLC(LUV) is stable for a 30-day period and did not induce significant inflammatory effects both in the paw edema test and in histological analysis, giving supporting evidence for its safety and possible clinical use in dentistry.
Journal of Liposome Research 02/2008; 18(4):329-39. · 1.91 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess the influence of the menstrual cycle and oral contraceptives on pain sensitivity and local anesthetic effectiveness.
Thirty volunteers were designated into 3 groups (n = 10): group 1, women using contraceptives; group 2, women not using contraceptives; and group 3, men. Groups 1 and 2 had a buccal infiltration of 2% lidocaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine at the upper-right canine during each one of the 5 phases of the menstrual cycle and group 3 at a randomly selected day. Pain threshold, latency period, and pulpal anesthesia were measured with an electrical pulp tester. Injection discomfort was recorded. Data were analyzed with Friedman and Kruskal-Wallis tests.
Pain threshold was higher in men; however, there were no significant differences (P > .05) in anesthetic duration and injection discomfort.
Injection discomfort and clinical effectiveness of local anesthetics are not related to sex, phases of the menstrual cycle, or use of oral contraceptives.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This comparative study using 20 healthy volunteers evaluated the anesthetic efficacy of 4% articaine in association with 2 different concentrations of epinephrine, 1:200,000 (G1) and 1:100,000 (G2). The first premolars were tested with a pulp tester to verify the anesthesia induced by the inferior alveolar nerve block. The following parameters were measured: period of latency (PL; interval between the end of anesthetic injection and absence of response to the maximum output--80 reading--of the pulp tester); complete pulpal anesthesia (CPA; period in which the subject had no response to maximal output of the pulp tester 80 reading); partial anesthesia (PA; interval between the first reading below 80 and the return to basal levels); and the anesthesia of the soft tissues (AST; period of time from onset of anesthesia until the return to normal sensation of the lip). The Wilcoxon test (alpha = 0.05) was used to analyze the data. No significant difference was found regarding PL (P = .47), CPA (P = .88), PA (P = .46), and AST (P = .85). The results indicated that both solutions presented the same clinical effectiveness in blocking the inferior alveolar nerve.