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Effect of the rheological properties of the liquid carrier on the in vitro swallowing of solid oral dosage forms

Abstract : Solid Oral Dosage Forms (SODF) are the most popular oral drug delivery forms, but they can be difficult to swallow, especially for patients suffering from swallowing disorders. This study investigated the dynamics of different combinations of liquid carriers and SODF during the oral phase of swallowing using an in vitro model. The rheological properties of the carriers were characterized using shear and extensional rheometry, and their effect on bolus velocity, bolus shape, post-swallow residues, and SODF position within the bolus was evaluated. The latter has been identified as a novel and promising variable to discriminate between alternative formulations. When swallowed with water, capsules and tablets did not impact significantly the velocity of the bolus, but they lagged behind the liquid bolus, suggesting that low viscosity Newtonian fluids are not efficient carriers for SODF. Increasing the viscosity of the carrier at high shear rates improved the ability of the liquid to transport the SODF but also increased the amount of post-swallow residues. At equivalent shear viscosity, elastic and extensional properties of carriers influenced positively the position of the SODF in the bolus. Capsules and tablets were transported toward the front of these boluses, during the oral phase of swallowing, which is considered beneficial to avoid SODF sticking to the mucosa in the following stages of swallowing. Thin elastic liquids appear as an interesting option to promote safe swallowing of capsules and tablets. Clinical studies are, however, necessary to confirm this positive effect in healthy and dysphagic patients.
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Anaïs Lavoisier, Sathyavageeswaran Shreeram, Michael Jedwab, Marco Ramaioli. Effect of the rheological properties of the liquid carrier on the in vitro swallowing of solid oral dosage forms. Journal of Texture Studies, Wiley-Blackwell, 2021, ⟨10.1111/jtxs.12618⟩. ⟨hal-03303381⟩



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