Evaluation of Ibuprofen 400mg Tablets


Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is a colorless crystalline solid widely used as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory medication. It is most commonly known as ibuprofen, but is also known as α-methyl-4-(2-methylpropyl) benzeneacetic  acid and 4-isobutyl-@alpha;-methylphenylacetic  acid. Originally marketed as Nurofen  Advil and Motrin and since then under various other trademarks, most notably Flamex, Profen,  Inflam and  Reumafen. It is also used for relief of symptoms of arthritis, primary dysmenorrhea, fever, and as an especially where there is an inflammatory component. Ibuprofen is known to have an antiplatelet effect, though it is relatively mild and short-lived when compared to that of aspirin or other more well-known antiplatelet drugs. Ibuprofen is a core medicine in the World Health Organization’s “Essential Drugs List”, which is a list of minimum medical needs for a basic health care system.

2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propionic Acid (Ibuprofen)

Ibuprofen is a relatively safe drug. Because of its effectiveness and lack of side effects, these are now frequently prescribed by the Doctors.

Table-1 :a, Materials   and properties of ibuprofen

Chemical formulaC13H18O2
Molecular weight206.2808
AppearanceWhite to off-white crystalline solid.
OdorCharacteristic fruity odor.
SolubilityRelatively insoluble in water; soluble in most organic solvents.
Bulk Densityca. 0.4 gm/cc
Melting Point75 – 77C

 Conventional NSAIDs:

It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms: if you treat yourself for the wrong illness or a specific symptom of a complex disease, you may delay legitimate treatment of a serious underlying problem. In other words, the greatest danger in self-treatment may be self-diagnosis.

 In those patients with osteoarthritis whose symptoms are not relieved by non-pharmacological therapy and ibuprofen and who have no gastrointestinal risk factors, it is appropriate to use conventional NSAIDs, commencing at a low dose and titrating against efficacy. Virtually all currently available conventional NSAIDs have been tested in randomized, placebo-controlled trials in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In these studies, conventional NSAIDs have been shown to be superior to placebo, but there has not been evidence suggesting that one agent is more effective than another. There does, however, appear to be a hierarchy of gastrointestinal risk, with agents such as paracetamol and diclofenac being of the lowest risk and piroxicam and ketoprofen the highest.

Those with gastrointestinal risk factors who are unable to take CSIs, NSAIDs could be prescribed, ideally with an agent to reduce the risk of  gastrointestinal bleeding. The prostaglandin analogue misoprostol or the proton-pump inhibitor omeprazole have both been shown to reduce the risk of ulcer complications in patients taking conventional NSAIDs. Unfortunately, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia does not currently support theprophylactic co-prescribing of misoprostol or omeprazole. Conventional doses of H2 -receptor antagonists have not been found to protect patients from adverse gastrointestinal events.

Ibuprofen and NSAIDs:

                       Ibuprofen is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal    anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The exact mechanism of action  of  paracetamol/acetaminophen is uncertain, but it appears to be acting centrally. Ibuprofen as NSAIDs inhibit cyclooxygenase , leading to a decrease in prostaglandin production; this reduces pain and also inflammation (in contrast to paracetamol and the opioids).Ibuprofen has few side effects.NSAIDs may predispose topeptic ulcers, renal failure, allergic reactions , and hearing loss. They may also increase the risk of  hemorrhage by affecting platelet function. The use of certain NSAIDs in children under 16 suffering from viral illness may contribute to Reye’s syndrome. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual  cramps, or minor injury. Ibuprofen may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Comparison with other NSAIDs:

Ibuprofen unlike other common analgesic and antipyretic drug such as aspirin and paracetamol, that is used for the relief of  fever and other minor aches and pains. Ibuprofen is also useful in managing more severe pain, allowing lower dosages of additional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioid analgesics to be used, thereby minimizing overall side-effects .

Historical Background of Ibuprofen:

When ibuprofen was placed on drugstore shelves in May, 1984, it was the first new over-the-counter (OTC) pain-relief medication to enter the marketplace in a generation. Prior to its introduction, nonprescription pain relief was mainly provided by acetaminophen (introduced in 1955) and aspirin (marketed since 1899).

 Ibuprofen was developed by the Boots Company, a British drug manufacturer and retailer. Early in the 1960s, researchers at Boots identified carboxylic acid as the agent that gave aspirin its anti-inflammatory property. TheBoots group investigated other carboxylic acids; when they found one that was twice as strong as aspirin, they synthesized and tested more than 600 compounds from these acids. The most effective and useful of these was ibuprofen, which Boots began to sell in 1964 in the United Kingdom as the prescription medication Brufen. (Ibuprofen became available OCT in the U.K. in 1983.) Ibuprofen appeared in American pharmacies in 1974 when Boots granted a nonexclusive license to the Upjohn Company, which marketed ibuprofen as the prescription arthritis-relief drug Motrin. This drug soon became one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. A few years later, Boots began selling its own prescription-form ibuprofen, called Rufen, in the United States.

When the United States Food and Drug Administration approved OTC  sales of ibuprofen at a lower dosage than in prescription form, two major drug companies immediately geared up for a product-introduction blitz. First, the Whitehall Laboratories division of American Home Products came out with Advil. This was soon followed by Nuprin, which was produced by Upjohn and marketed by Bristol-Meyers. Both operated under licenses from Boots, which held the worldwide  patent for ibuprofen until May 1985 and exclusive marketing rights until September 1986. After that date, new manufacturers jumped into the lucrative market with products of their own, including Johnson & Johnson’s Medipren, Thompson’s Ibuprin, and a number of generic and private-label brands. Upjohn and AHP/Whitehall countered with two new ibuprofen products, Haltran and Trendar, promoted as painrelief for menstrual cramps. Sterling Drugs then introduced its own ibuprofen-based menstrual cramps product, Midol 200.

Although ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen are chemically different, all three give effective relief for minor aches and pains. Ibuprofen seems to cause fewer stomach problems than aspirin. This drug is important because it replaces its more dangerous relative, aspirin. Aspirin causes stomach distress in 2-10% of users, as well as affecting the blood’s ability to clot. Reye’s syndrome, another serious side effect of aspirin, affects children recovering from chicken poxor flu, causing confusion, irritability, nausea, and sometimes death. So, Ibuprofen acts like aspirin by blocking prostaglandins, which play a major role in sensing pain. In addition, it controls inflammation and fever. It is more effective for many womenin relieving menstrual discomfort, and appears more effective for postsurgical dental pain and soft-tissue injuries. Ibuprofen should not be taken by people with certain medical conditions, including people allergic to aspirin and women in the third trimester of pregnancy.

A 1997 study shows that the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease may be reduced by up to 60 percent with frequent consumption of  ibuprofen over two or more years, and that use for an even shorter period may reduce risk by 30 percent, according to JohnsHopkinsUniversity and the National Institute on Aging. Researchers in that study caution, however, that consistent us of ibuprofen can cause kidney failure. In a conflicting article published in the  American Journal of Medical Science in 1990, authors believe ibuprofen itself is not an independent predictor of risk of kidney damage; however, when taken by patients 65 years or older or who have coronary artery disease, the risk factor increases.


There have been many commercial and laboratory publications for the synthesis of Ibuprofen. Two of the most popular ways to obtain Ibuprofen are the Boot process and the Hoechst process. The Boot process is an older commercial process developed by the Boot Pure Drug Company, and the Hoechst process is a newer process developed by the Hoechst Company. Most of these routes toIbuprofen begin with isobutylbenzene and use Friedel-Crafts acylation. The Boot process requires six steps, while the Hoechst process, with the assistance of  catalysts, is completed in only three steps.

Cheminor Drugs have developed a process for an improved version of ibuprofen based on chiral synthesis. The move is significant given that pure S- Ibuprofen (the active form of ibuprofen) could near halve the regular ibuprofen dosage, besides improving the side-effect profile.

 However the human body can convert the inactive (R) form into the (S) form, so eventually 100% of the ibuprofen taken becomes active. The process discovered by Cheminor is therefore unlikely to have commercial significance.

Mechanism of action:

ibuprofen is an NSAID which is believed to work through inhibition of  cyclooxygenase (COX), thus inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis. There are at least 2 variants of cyclooxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2). Ibuprofen inhibits both COX-1 and COX-2. It appears that its analgesic, antipyretic , and anti inflammatory activity are achieved principally through COX-2 inhibition; whereas COX-1 inhibition is responsible for its unwanted effects on platelet aggregation and the GI mucosa. The role of the individual COX isoforms in the analgesic, anti-inflammatory and gastric damage effects of NSAIDs is uncertain and different compounds cause different degrees of analgesia and gastric damage.

 In 2002 it was reported that ibuprofen selectively blocks a variant of the COX enzyme that was different from the then known variants COX-1 and COX-2. This isoenzyme , which is only expressed in the brain and the spinal cord, is now referred to as COX-3. Its exact mechanism of action is still poorly understood, but future research may provide further insight into how it works. a single study has shown that administration of ibuprofen increases the bioavailability of  serotonin(5-HT) in rats, with some early evidence for a similar mechanism in humans. Down regulation of central 5-HT2A receptors and an increase in the number of  serotonin transporter proteins have also been observed with chronic ibuprofen treatment in rats.

 In 2006, it was shown that ibuprofen is converted to N-arachidonoylphenolamine , or AM404 , a compound known as an endogenous cannabinoid reuptake inhibitor. As such, it indirectly activates the CB1 cannabinoid receptor , resulting in analgesia. This activity was proven through the induction of a CB (1) receptor antagonist which resulted in the reversal of the analgesic action of ibuprofen

 Pharmacological Activity:

Ibuprofen have the following pharmacological activity on biological system. They are:

  1. Analgesic

2. Antipyretic

       3. Anti-inflammatory effect

Analgesic Activity:

 Analgesics are drugs used to control pain without producing loss of  consciousness. Unlike anesthetics, which block all sensation, analgesics do not affect sensations other than pain. Mild analgesics, such as (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and aspirin (e.g., Bayer, Bufferin), work throughout the body at the source of pain. Researchers think acetaminophen may work at the nerve endings, dulling the sensation of pain. Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents interfere with the production of pain-causing chemicals. Opiate analgesics, such as codeine and morphine, work within the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Opiateswork not by relieving the underlying reason for pain, but by changing the way the individual perceives pain. People who take opiates can become addicted to them, so these drugs require a doctor’s prescription.

 Ibuprofen is a widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Inhibition of prostaglandin biosynthesis is considered to be the main mechanism of action of this substance. Recently, a central analgesic activity was described in an experimental study. In order to explore the possibility that ibuprofen  induces analgesia at central level in humans, we investigated, in a double-blind design, the effects of orally-given 600 mg granular ibuprofen or placebo on nociceptive flexion reflex in normal volunteers. Ibuprofen produced a significant increase, as compared to placebo, in the threshold of the nociceptive reflex. The ratio between subjective pain threshold (Tp) and reflex threshold (Tr) was unchanged after either ibuprofen or placebo administration, indicating that Tpstrictly paralleled Tr. These results indicate that ibuprofen displays a central antalgic activity in humans. Different supraspinal structures are probably involved, but the exact mechanisms are still to be clarified.

Antipyretic Action:

Lowering of a raised temperature via  decrease in a mediator prostaglandin which is responsible for elevating the hypothalamic temperature control.

Antipyretic drug often used to treat malarial fever in endemic areas is the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent ibuprofen. In various studies, ibuprofen  has been shown to be more efficacious than acetaminophen (paracetamol) in lowering febrile temperatures of infectious origin in children.

Fever represents the most apparent clinical manifestation of  Plasmodium falciparum malaria. The role of fever in defence against malaria or in other infectious diseases remains a matter of debate. However, it has been shown that febrile temperatures inhibit the growth of  P. falciparum in vitro.

 To control fever, the World Health Organization recommends mechanical measures such as fanning, tepid spoging, and cooling blankets . However, antipyretic drugs are commonly and widely used to treat malarial fever in endemic areas, though there is a controversy about the benefit of reducing fever in children with malaria . Data from Gabon have revealed that neither paracetamol, nor naproxen or metamizol – antipyretics often used in this area – had an effect on fever clearance time. Naproxen showed a weak effect in reducing fever peaks and in reducing the time spent with fever. Worryingly, paracetamol increased parasite-clearance times (i.e. inhibited clearance of parasites) and significantly decreased the production of oxygen radicals and tumor necrosis factor, mechanisms of the innate immune response pivotal to combat infections.

Another antipyretic drug often used to treat malarial fever in endemic areas is the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent ibuprofen. In various studies, ibuprofen has been shown to be more efficacious than acetaminophen (paracetamol) in lowering febrile temperatures of infectious origin in children. But the rationale of its use and its capacity of reducing fever due to P. falciparum malaria has never been proven in a double blind, placebo controlled trial. In a  randomized, double-blind study in Thai adults, comparing a single dose of ibuprofen with paracetamol for the treatment of fever due to uncomplicated falciparum malaria, ibuprofen was significantly more effective than paracetamol in lowering temperatures throughout the first 4.5 h after dosing, whereas in Malawian children aged less than five years both drugs were equally effective in reducing fever.

Anti-inflammatory effect:

 There exists in medical practice at the close of the 20th century two basic categories of anti-inflammatory drugs: steroidal (from steroid compounds) and non-steroidal. Steroids are given their own section in this volume. They are potent inhibitors of inflammation and the immune system, but also have a host of  serious, even deadly, side-effects. The non-steroidal agents are in general less potent but also have fewer side-effects and will be the subject of this section .

 Chemically there are at least eight classes of NSAIDs but only those in common use are described here. Salicylic acid derivatives include aspirin; Para-aminophenol derivatives are not used in 1999 except for acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.) which is like aspirin in its fever and pain reducing properties but has no COX-2 enzyme anti- inflammatory effect (or COX-1 side-effects). For a time in the early 1990s one Heteroaryl acetic acid, ketorolac (Toradol) was used primarily for post-operative pain, however it has fallen into some disfavor due to the amount of  side-effects. In 1999 the Propionic acid derivatives such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.), naproxen (Naprosyn, Alleve, etc.), and ketoprofen (Orudis, etc.) have become the mainstays of NSAIDs used in the United States. Many are available withoutprescription, and sometimes one may be much more effective, varying from patient  to patient.


Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent belonging to a group of propionic acid derivatives. It has three major types of effect which are all linked to its primary action, the inhibition of an enzyme known as arachidonate cyclooxygenase or COX of which there are two types COX-1 and COX-2.

 The cyclooxygenase pathway:-

 Ibuprofen is metabolized primarily in the liver , where most of it (60–90% of a therapeutic dose) is converted to inactive compounds by conjugation with sulfate and glucuronide , and then excreted by the kidneys. Only a small portion (5–10% of a therapeutic dose) is metabolized via the hepatic cytochrome P450 enzyme system (specifically CYP2E1 and CYP1A2 ); the toxic effects of ibuprofen are due to a minor alkylating metabolite ( N -acetyl- p -benzo-quinone imine, abbreviated as NAPQI ) that is produced through this enzyme, not ibuprofen itself or any of the major metabolites. It must be understood however, that there is a great deal of  polymorphism in the P450 gene. Genetic polymorphisms in CYP2D6 have been studied extensively. The population can be divided into “extensive metabolizes” and “poor metabolizes” depending on their levels of CYP2D6 expression. Depending on the drug effects this could be an area of interest for the patient. If the compound produces a toxic metabolite when metabolized by the P450 system, being an “extensive metabolize” could lead to adverse effects, whereas being a “poor metabolize” of a compound whose clearance depends mainly of the P450 system could as well produce adverse effects. NAPQI is a highly reactive compound that can lead to formation of protein adducts oxidative stress, and toxicity. Ibuprofen overdose results in more calls to poison control centers in the US than any other pharmacological substance. In addition, 35% of cases involving liver failure are caused by ibuprofen poisoning, according to the American Liver Foundation. The   metabolism of ibuprofen is an excellent example of  toxication , because the metabolite NAPQI is primarily responsible for toxicity rather than ibuprofen itself.

Dose of Ibuprofen:

Low doses of ibuprofen (200 mg, and sometimes 400 mg) are available over the counter (OTC) in most countries. Ibuprofen has a dose-dependent duration of action of approximately 4–8 hours, which is longer than suggested by its short half-life . The recommended dose varies with body mass and indication. Generally, the oral dose is 200–400 mg (5–10 mg/kg in children) every 4–6 hours, adding up to a usual daily dose of 800–1200 mg. 1200 mg is considered the maximum daily dose for over-the-counter use, though under medical direction , a maximum daily dose of 3200 mg may sometimes be used in increments of 600–800 mg.

 Ibuprofen is also available in topical form, which is absorbed through the skin, and can be used for sports injuries, with less risk of  gastrointestinal problems.

Use of Ibuprofen:

            •As with other NSAIDs, ibuprofen may be useful in the treatment of severe orthostatic hypotension.

            •In some studies, ibuprofen showed superior results compared to placebo in the prophylaxis of Alzheimer’s disease , when given in low doses over a long time. Further studies are needed to confirm the results before ibuprofen can be recommended for this indication.

Ibuprofen has been associated with a lower risk of  Parkinson’s disease , and may delay or prevent Parkinson’s disease. Aspirin, other NSAIDs, and paracetamol had no effect on the risk for Parkinson’s. Further research is warranted before recommending ibuprofen for this use.

Side Effect:

Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, heartburn,headache,diarrhea,constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effectspersist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctorimmediately if any of these serious side effects occur: stomach pain, swelling of thehands or feet, sudden or unexplained weight gain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Tellyour doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, rapid or pounding heartbeat, easy bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effectsoccur: change in amount of urine, severe headache, very stiff neck, mental/moodchanges, persistent sore throat or fever. This drug may infrequently cause serious (rarely fatal) bleeding from the stomach or intestines. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking ibuprofen and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: black stools, persistent stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking ibuprofen and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, unusual/extreme tiredness. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash , itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Adverse effects:

Ibuprofen appears to have the lowest incidence of  gastrointestinal adverse drug reactions (ADRs) of all the non-selective NSAIDs. However, this only holds true at lower doses of ibuprofen, so over-the-counterpreparations of ibuprofen are generally labeled to advise a maximum daily dose of  1,200 mg.

Common adverse effects include:

Nausea, dyspepsia , gastrointestinal ulceration/bleeding, raised liver enzymes , diarrhea , epistaxis, headache, dizziness , unexplained rash, salt and fluid retention, and hypertension.

 Infrequent adverse effects include: oesophageal ulceration,heart failur, hyperkalaemia,renal impairment , confusion, bronchospasm, and   rash.

Drug Interaction:

 Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: oral bisphosphonates (e.g., alendronate), other medications for arthritis (e.g., aspirin, methotrexate ), “blood thinners” (e.g.,warfarin ), corticosteroids (e.g., Prednisone ) cyclosporine, high blood pressure drugs (including ACE inhibitors such as captopril , angiotensin II receptor antagonists such as losartan , and beta-blockers such asmetoprolol), lithium , “water pills” (diuretics such as furosemide,hydrochlorothiazide,triamterene). Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many contain pain relievers/fever reducers (NSAIDs such as aspirin, celecoxib, naproxen) which are similar to this drug and if taken together may increase your risk for side effects. Low-dose aspirin, as prescribed by your doctor for specific medical reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually these dosages are 81-325 mg per day), should be continued. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Over Dose:

 If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe stomach pain, coffee ground-like vomit, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, trouble breathing, extreme drowsiness, loss of consciousness, or seizures

 Ibuprofen overdose has become common since it was licensed for over-the-counter use. There are many overdose experiences reported in the  medical   literature , although the frequency of life-threatening complications from ibuprofen overdose is low. Human response in cases of overdose ranges from absence of  symptoms to fatal outcome in spite of intensive care treatment. Most symptoms are an excess of the pharmacological action of ibuprofen and include abdominal pain ,nausea, vomiting , drowsiness, dizziness, headache, tinnitus , and nystagmus . Rarely more severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal bleeding, seizures, metabolic  acidosis, hyperkalaemia,hypotension, bradycardia ,tachycardia ,atrial fibrillation, coma , hepatic dysfunction, acute renal failure, cyanosis , respiratory depression, and cardiac arrest have been reported. The severity of symptoms varies with the ingested dose and the time elapsed, however, individual sensitivity also plays animportant role. Generally, the symptoms observed with an overdose of ibuprofenare similar to the symptoms caused by overdoses of otherNSAIDs.


As with other NSAIDs, ibuprofen has been reported to be a photosensitizing agent. However, this only rarely occurs with ibuprofen and it is considered to be a very weak photosensitising agent when compared with other  members of the 2-arylpropionic acid class. This is because the ibuprofen molecule contains only a single phenyl moiety and no bond conjugation , resulting in a very weak chromophore system and a very weak absorption spectrum which does notreach into the solar spectrum.

Cardiovascular risk:

Along with several other NSAIDs, ibuprofen has been implicated in elevating the risk of  myocardial infarction , particularly among those chronically using high doses.

Risks in pregnancy:

 Two studies have found an increased risk of   miscarriage with the use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen early in pregnancy; however, several other studies did not find this association. There are also concerns that drugs such as ibuprofen may interfere with implantation of the early fetus, although a clear risk has not been established.

When ibuprofen is used as directed in the first and  second trimester of pregnancy, it is not associated with an increased risk for birth defects. However, ibuprofen is generally not the pain reliever of choice during pregnancy because there are concerns with the use of ibuprofen during the third trimester.

Risks in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):

Ibuprofen should not be used regularly in individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD-  Crohn’s Disease  and Ulcerative Colitis ) due to its ability to cause gastric bleeding and form ulceration in the gastric lining. Drugs such as Advil should be avoided in persons afflicted with IBD. Pain relievers such as  Tylenol (containing acetaminophen) or drugs containing Codeine (which slows down bowel activity) are safer methods than Ibuprofen for pain relief in IBD. Ibuprofen is also known to cause worsening of IBD during times of a flare-up, thus should be avoided completely.


Ibuprofen, like other 2-arylpropionate derivatives (including ketoprofen, flurbiprofen,naproxen,etc), contains a chiral carbon in the α-position of  the propionate moiety. As such, there are two possible enantiomers of ibuprofen  with the potential for different biological effects and metabolism for each enantiomer.

 Indeed it was found that ( S)-(+)-ibuprofen (dexibuprofen) wasthe active form both in vitro and in vivo .It was logical, then, that there was the potential for improving the selectivity and potency of ibuprofen formulations by marketing ibuprofen as a single-enantiomer product (as occurs with naproxen, another NSAID).Further in  testing, however, revealed the existence of an isomerase (2-arylpropionyl-CoA epimerase ) which converted (R)-ibuprofen to the active (S)-enantiomer .Thus, due to the expense and futility that might be involved in making a pure enantiomer, most ibuprofen formulations currently marketed are   racemic mixtures.

Water Solubility:

Ibuprofen is only very slightly soluble in water, less than 1mg of  Ibuprofen dissolves in 1ml water (< 1 mg/mL)



The time is takes for the drug to dissolve from the dosage form. Numerous factors affect dissolution. Thus the dissolution medium, agitation, temperature are carefully controlled. The dissolution medium may be water, simulated gastric juice, or 0.1M HCL. The temperature is usually 37 degree C. The apparatus and specifications may be found in the U.S.P. The U.S.P. methods are official however there is a wide variety of methods based on other apparatus. These are used because they may be faster, cheaper, easier, sensitive to a particular problem for a particular drug, or developed by a particular investigator. Dissolution tests are used as quality control  to measure variability between batches which maybe be reflected by in vivo performance. Thus the in vitro test may be a quick method of ensuring in vivo performance. Thus there has been considerable work aimed at defining the in vitro/in vivo correlation.

 Drug Dissolution:

So far we have looked at the transfer of drugs in solution in the G-I tract, through a membrane, into solution in the blood. However, many drugs are given in solid dosage forms, and therefore must dissolve before absorption can take place.

If absorption is slow relative to dissolution then all we are concerned with is absorption. However, if dissolution is the slow, rate-determining step (the step controlling the overall rate) then factors affecting dissolution will control the overall process. This is a more common problem with drugs which have a low solubility (below 1 g/100 ml) or which are given at a high dose, e.g. griseofulvin.

 Dissolution of Tablets:

Dissolution can be defined as the process by which a drug particle dissolves and it is important for solid dosage form for absorption. The dissolution phenomenon of drugs can be described by the“Noyes and witneys” equation. When the dissolution process is diffusion controlled and involves no chemical reaction, the equation can be written as;


dm/dt=the rate of dissolution of drug particles

 D=the diffusion co efficient of the drug is solution in GI fluid.

A=thickness of the diffusion layer around tech particle.

Cs=the saturation of the drug in the diffusion layer.

C=the concentration of drug in solution of the GI fluid.

 Cs-C=the concentration gradient.

Rate of Dissolution:

Dissolution is not always an instantaneous process. It is fast when salt and sugar dissolve in water but much slower for a tablet of  aspirin or a large crystal of hydrated copper (II) sulfate . The speed at which a solid dissolves may depend on its crystalline properties (crystalline vs. amorphous , crystal size) and the presence of   polymorphism . This is important in many practical systems, for example in designing methods for controlled drug delivery . Critically, the dissolution rate depends on the presence of mixing and other factors that determine the degree of under saturation in the liquid solvent film immediately adjacent to the solid solute crystal. In some cases, solubility equilibrium can take a long time to establish (hours, days, months, or many years; depending on the nature of the solute andother factors). In practice, it means that the amount of solute in a solution is not always determined by its thermodynamic solubility, but may depend on kinetics of dissolution (or precipitation).  The rate of dissolution and solubility should not be confused–they are different concepts (kinetic and thermodynamic, respectively).

Measurement of Dissolution Rate:

Many methods have been described in the literature, particularly in Relation to the determination of the rate of release of drugs into solution from tablet and capsule formulations, because such release may have an important effect on the therapeutic efficiency of these dosage forms.The followings are the more commonly used methods:

1)Beaker method

2)Flask-stirrer method

3)Rotating basket method

4)Paddle method.

Importance of dissolution of drugs from tablet:

A drug must be dissolved first in the fluid at the absorption side for absorption for instance an orally administered tablet or capsule form cannot be absorbed until the fluids dissolve drug particles and some point within the GIT. For this reason, dissolution is process that can affect the absorption of the drugs  particles as well as bioavailability and also pharmacological response of the drug. In, in vitro testing procedures, dissolution is the only test that can more or less indirectly correlate the in vivo bioavailability. Other than bioavailability two objects can be fulfilled through dissolution testing which are;

1)That the release of the drug from the tablet is as close as possible to100% and

2)That the rate of drug release is uniform from batch proven to be bioavilable and clinically effective.

In case of enteric-coated tablet, the dissolution process gets special importance. Because in such case, the drug cannot be dissolved in gastric and pH have to be dissolved within specified time in intestinal fluid.

Factors affecting dissolution:

Physiochemical properties of drugs ; Dissolution of tablets is greatly influenced by size, shape and surface area of the drug particles. Noyes and Whiteyes equation shows that the rate of dissolution is directly related to the surface area i.e. if the surface is increased, the dissolution rate would also be increased.

The solid phase characteristics of drugs, such as amorphicity, crystallininty, state of hydration and polymorphic structure have been shown to have a significant influence of the dissolution rate. For example, the amorphous form of novobiocin has a greater solubility and higher dissolution rate than thecrystalline form.

Formulation factors:

Various excipients such as diluents, binders, lubricants, disintegrate and granulating agent is used with the formulation to satisfy certain pharmaceutical function. Usually drug dissolution rate is increased when hydrophilic excipients are used.

 Effects of processing factors:

  Many processing factors used in tablet manufacturing such as method of granulation and compression force etc. have great influence on the dissolution rates of the active ingredients.

Effects of dissolution medium:

Increased temperature and agitation rage of dissolution medium also increase the rate of dissolution. Other characteristics of dissolution medium affecting the dissolution rate include pH, viscosity and surface tension of the medium.

 Preparation of Standard Solution:

Table 2.9: Preparation of standard curve of Ibuprofen.


 In-vitro studies:

Drug dissolution studies may under certain conditions give an indication of drug bioavailability. Ideally, the in-vitro drug dissolution rate should correlate with in-vivo drug bioavailability. Dissolution studies are often performed on several test formulations of the same drug. The test formulation that demonstrates the most rapid rate of drug dissolution in vitro will generally have the most rapid rate of drug bioavailability in vivo.

In-vitro dissolution testing:

Dissolution tests in vitro measure the rate and extent of dissolution of  the drug in an aqueous medium in the presence of one or more excipients contained in the drug product. During drug dissolution the following factors must be considered-

1.Temperature (37 0C usually)

2.Size and shape of the dissolution vessel

3.Nature of stirrer (paddle, basket/others)


5.Nature of dissolution medium (volume and composition)

6.The design of dissolution apparatus

7.Duration/ the time interval after which the sample are withdrawn

Dissolution Study:

Dissolution Setup:

The USP basket system contains six cylinder vessels with the spherical bottom, which contain dissolution medium. There are six paddles for agitating which rotate at a predetermined rpm. A temperature of 37°C was used for dissolution study. Here water was used for all dissolution study.10 ml of dissolution fluid was withdrawn at a predetermined time interval and water was added after the dissolution fluid withdrawn. The total duration of dissolution study was 60 mins.

Dissolution Test Procedure:

 At first the water bath was filled with tap water. Then six washed vessels were in the dissolution tester. The vessel remained immersed in water.900ml of water was kept at each glass vessels. The temperature of water bath is set at 37 degree C and paddle rotation was set at 50 rpm. Time was recorded as soon as the tablet were into the dissolution vessels.10 ml of sample solution from dissolution medium was withdrawn time to time, for 60 mins, the time interval was 30,45 and 60 minutes.


For immediate release, solid dosage forms, the drug product must disintegrate into small particles and release the drug. To monitor uniform tablet disintegration, the united state pharmacopoeia (USP) has established an official disintegration test. Solid drug products exempted from disintegration tests include troches, tablets that are intended to be chewed and drug products intended for sustained released or prolonged or repeat action.

The process of disintegration does not imply complete dissolution of the tabletand/or the drug. Complete disintegration is define by the USP as “that state in which any residue of the tablet, expect fragments of insoluble coating, remaining on thescreen of the tablet, except fragments of insoluble coating, remaining on the screen of the test apparatus in the soft mass have no palpably firm core”. The official apparatus for the disintegration test and procedure is described in the USP separate specifications are given for drug products that are designed not to disintegrate. These products include troches, chewable tablets, and modified released drug products

Although disintegration test allow for precise measurement of the formation of  fragments, granules, or aggregates from solid dosage forms, no information as obtained from these tests on the rate of dissolution of the active drug. However, there has been some interest in using only the disintegration test and no dissolution test for drug products that meet the biopharmaceutical classification system (BCS) for highly soluble and highly permeable drugs. In general, the disintegration test serves as a component in the overall quality control of tablet manufacture.

According to BP-2004:

Apparatus-A (for smaller tablet/capsule (18 mm long)

Apparatus-B (for longer)

Composition: a rigid Basket-rack assembly supporting-

1.6 cylindrical transparent tubes (vertical) II

2.6 cylindrical transparent plastic disc ( one for each tube)

3.1000 ml beaker

4.A suitable device maintain temperature 37±20C

According to USP:


1.Basket rack assembly

          2.1000 ml beaker

          3.Temperature 37±20 c

4.RPM: 29-32 cycles/min

5.Time: time required for upward stroke≈ downward strok

6.6 tubes and disc

Uncoated tablets (USP)

No. of tablets: 6 tablets/6 tubes

Media: water, temp: 37±20C rpm: 29-32


 After specific time, all tablets have disintegrated completely. If 1-2 tabs fail to disintegrated, repeat the test on 12 additional tabs. Not less than 16 of the total 18 tablets tested disintegrated completely.  This test also for-

1.Coated tablets

2.Buccal tablets

3.Sublingual tablets

4.Hard gelatin capsules

5..Soft gelatin capsule


 Evaluation of Tablets:

Evaluation or stability test of tablets or suspension is one of the key factors for determining the quality of drug substance or drug product. Evaluation of  tablets provides evidence on how the quality of a drug substance or drug productwill maintain within specific time under the influence of a variety of environmental factors such as temperature, humidity etc and measures and documents the ability of a product to retain its potency prior to its predicted expectation. These data are used to determine acceptable shelf life, proper storage conditions. These data also play a key role in determining labeling instruction as well as determining the monitoring process. These are also a requirement for manufacturing of regulatory approved drug.

Diameter Size and Shape:

The size and shape of the tablet can be dimensionally described, monitored and controlled. A compressed tablets shape and dimensions are determined by the tooling during the compression process. The diameter size and shape of the tablets depends n the die and punch selected for making the tablets.  The tablets of various sizes and shapes are prepared but generally they are circular with either flat or biconvex faces.

 Uniformity of Weight:

With a tablet designed to contain a specific amount of drug in a specific amount of tablet formula, the weight of the tablet being made is routinely measured to help ensure that a tablet contains the proper amount of drug. It is desirable that all the tablets of a particular batch should be uniform in weight. If any weight variation is there, that should fall within the prescribed limits.

 Table 4.2:Weight variation Tolerance for uncoated tablets.

Average Weight of

Tablets (mg)Maximum Percentage


Allowed130 or less1130-3247.5More than 3245

Ref: USP XX—NF XV, 1980

 The weight variation test would be a satisfactory method of determining the drug content uniformity of tablets if the tablets were all or essentially all active ingredient or if the uniformity of the drug distribution in the granulation or powder from which the tablets were made perfect. The test is considered correct if not more than two tablets fall outside the range if tablets are taken for the test and not more than one tablet falls outside this range if only ten tablets are taken for the test. The difference of weight variation in tablets can lead to variation in doses. Therefore all the tablets of a batch must conform to this test. The test is repeated after short intervals of time to ensure that tablets of required weight are produced.

Calculation of Weight Variation:

To calculate the weight variation of tablets in a batch, it is required to determined the following data,

•Weight of taken tablets of in that batch (W)

•Average weight of tablets in that batch (W1)

•Highest weight of tablet in that batch (WH)

•Lowest weight of tablet in that batch (WL)

So, % of error for highest weight of tablet = ×100


And, % of error for highest weight of tablet = ×100


 The thickness of a tablet can vary without any change in weights. This is generally due to the difference of density of granules, pressure applied for compression and the speed of compression. The thickeness should be controlled within ±5 of standard value. In addition, thickness must be controlled to facilitate packaging. The PTB 311E (511E) Table Testing Instrument is used to determine the thickness of the individual tablets of each batch.


Tablet requires a certain amount of strength or hardness to withstand mechanical shocks of handling in manufacture, packaging and shipping. In addition, tablet should be able to withstand reasonable abuse when in the hands of  consumer. Adequate tablet hardness and resistance to powdering are requisite for customer acceptance. More recently, the relationship of hardness of tablet disintegration and perhaps more significantly, to drug dissolution release rate, has become apparent. The monitoring of tablet hardness is especially important for drug products that posse’s real or potential bioavailability problems or those are sensitive to altered dissolution release profiles as a function of the compressive force.  Therefore, It is very necessary to check the hardness of tablets when they are being compressed and pressure adjusted accordingly on the tablet machine.  There are no specification of hardness of the tablet described on BP or USP. The PTB 311E (511E) Table Testing Instrument is used to determine the hardness of the individual tablets of each batch.

Range: Not given

Reference:A344 Appendix XVIIG, BP 2003, Vol 4


Friability test is performed to valuate the ability of the tablets to withstand abrasion in packing, handling and transporting .The instrument used for this test is known as Friabilator.


•Rotation:100 times

•Number of Tablets:20 tablets

•Range:Should be less than < 1 %

•Reference: BP 2003, Volume 4

 Disintegration time:

The disintegration test is performed to find out that within how much time the tablet disintegrates. The test is very important and necessary for all the tablets, coated or uncoated to be swallowed because the dissolution rate depends upon the time of disintegration which ultimately affects the rate of absorption of  drugs.


•For Uncoated Tablet:15 Min

•For Coated Tab:60 Min or 1 Hour.(I did it)



Apparatus is the equipment designed to serve a specific function. Apparatus Used here are:

1. Volumetric Flasks (100 ml)

2. Funnel

3. Beaker

4. Pipette

5. Filter Paper


Funnel is a laboratory apparatus which is used in dispensing a liquid in a controlled and substantially way to prevent the loss of the sample or substance. Here, filtration process is facilitating.


A beaker is a simple container for stirring, mixing and heating liquids, they are commonly used in any laboratory. Beakers are generally cylindrical in shape, with a flat bottom. Beakers are available in a wide range of sizes, from 1 mL up to several liters. Beakers are often graduated, marked on the side with lines indicating the volume contained. For instance, a 250 mL beaker might be marked   with lines to indicate 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 mL of volume. The accuracy of these marks can vary from one beaker to another. They may be made of glass or of plastic. They may be made of glass (very often Pyrex) or of plastic. Beakers used for holding solutions of corrosive chemicals, such as acids, should be made of Teflon or other materials resistant to corrosion, e.g., borosilicate glass.


Pipette is a laboratory instrument used to transport a measured volume of liquid. Pipettes come in several designs for various purposes with differing levels of accuracy and precision, from single piece glass pipettes to more complex adjustable or electronic d by the laboratory funnel Pipettes. A pipette works by creating a vacuum above the liquid- holding chamber and selectively releasing this vacuum to draw up and dispense liquid. Various types of pipettes are available in the market. Volumetric pipetteswere used in this case, as it is a quantitative analysis. Pipette fillers are used to fill the pipette easily, avoiding the need for mouth pipetting. Certain considerations should be observed to ensure maximum accuracy and repeatability such as calibration, heat, dispensing angle, operator’s skill etc.

Filter Paper:

Filter paper is a semi-permeable paper barrier placed perpendicular to a liquid flow and is used to separate fine solids from liquids. In laboratories, filter paper is usually used with a filter funnel. Choice of filter paper for a given task depends on four parameters: strength, compatibility, efficiency and capacity. The main purpose of the filter paper in this quantitative analysis is to remove the excipients of the paracetamol and other unwanted particles from the mother solution.


 Sophisticated instruments that are used here:

1. Electrobalance

2. The PTB 311(511E) Tablet Testing Instrument

3. Friabilator (Roche)

4. The PTZ Tablet Disintegration Time Testing Instrument.

5. UV-VIS spectrophotometer (DRU-400)

6. The PT-DT (70) Dissolution tester.

7. Tablet compression.

Electro balance:

An electro balance is also a microbalance in that it is used to weigh microquantities of material. In principle, it is similar to the balance described above except that the balance beam is lined up controlling current through a coil with a potentiometer. Since the beam is always returned to the same position, torque is proportional to current. In this quantitative analysis following instruments were used for accurate weighing.

Accurate weighing is one of the most important factors in any quantitative analysis because the results are totally dependent on it. Any variation during weighing will not give accurate results. Weighing can be done by several methods. Here, direct weighing method has been applied. The electro balance provide with the most accurate results. However, errorsdo occur when weighing an object on an analytical balance such as:

The Table Testing Instrument:

The PTB 311E (511E) Table Testing Instrument is a sophisticated instrument to test the individual thickness, diameter and hardness of solid samples like tablets, capsules etc.

The measurement for thickness and diameter can either be expressed in mm (millimeters) or in (inch), hardness results can b expressed in either N (Newton), Sc (strong Cobb) or K p (kilopond). In order to calibrate the individual testing stations of the instrument calibrated standard s are used. A 10 kg reference weigh handle is required to calibrate the hardness test station. Which is equipped with a electronically operated load cell (stain gauge), a 10mm reference block is used to calibrate both thickness and diameter testing stain.

 The hardness test is performed in compliance to the European Pharmacopoeia (EP) and the German Pharmacopoeia (DAB). The force rate can be adjusted to either linear force increase (N/sec) or linear speed increase (mm/min) with variable range adjustments. It is recommended to use the linear force increase setting (20N/sec) as this can be easily be validated using just a stop watch. Also setting copies more close the breaking of the sample when manually done.

Diameter (length): min.2.0 mm max: 50.0mm

 Thickness (length): min 3.0 mm max: 26.0mm

Hardness: 300N DMS min. 5.0 N max: 300N

500N DMS min. 10N max: 500N


 The laboratory friabilator tester is also known as Roche Tester. This Device subjects a number of tablets to the combined effects of abrasion and shock by utilizing a number of tablets to the combined effects of abrasion and shock by utilization in plastic chambers that revolves at 25 rpm, dropping the tablets a distance of 6 inches with each revolution.

Normally, a preweighted tablets sample is placed in the friabilator, which is then operated for 100 revolutions. The tablets are dusted and reweighed again. Conventional compressed tablets that loss than 0.5 to 1.0 % of their weight generally considered acceptable.

The Tablet Disintegration Time Testing Instrument:

Several international pharmacopeias ep/dab/bp describe a tablet disintegration time testing instrument.6 samples are placed into a testing basket assembly, which is introduced into a special holder and placed into a water bath. The water inside the water bath is heated to 30-45°C.the disintegration baskets is moved smoothly up and down for 28-32 stokes per minute and for a distance of 55mm.The samples are disintegrated if no solid rest is left within the basket.

The PTZ allows the test of 6 tablets/capsules at the same time within absolutely identical conditions., as all samples are introduced into the same bath, the moving arm is driven by a micro processor controlled electronics to allow exact 30 strokes/minute oeration with automated re-adjustment at each stroke, while the moving distance is pre-adjusted by means of an eccentric drive arm. A suitable thermostat is used to program the testing temperature usually 36 to 38.0 C. A digital timer can be programmed for the total testing time within a range of 10seconds to 9 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.


 Spectrophotometry is the quantitative study of electromagnetic spectra. It is more specific than the general term electromagnetic spectroscopy in that spectrophotometry (DRU-400) deals with visible light, near ultraviolet, and near infrared. Spectrophotometry involves the use of a spectrophotometer. A spectrophotometer is a photometer (a device for measuring light intensity) that can measure intensity as a function of the color, or more specifically, the wavelength of

light. Here are two major classes of spectrophotometers; single beam and doublebeam. A double beam spectrophotometer measures the ratio of the light intensity on two different light paths, and a single beam spectrophotometer measures the absolute light intensity. Although ratio measurements are easier, and generally stabler, single beam instruments have advantages; for instance, they can have a larger dynamic range, and they can be more compact.

Spectrophotometers use a monochromator to analyze the spectrum. The spectrophotometer measures quantitatively the fraction of light that passes through a given solution. In a spectrophotometer, a light from the lamp is guided through a monochromator, which picks light of one particular wavelength out of thecontinuous spectrum. This light passes through the sample that is being measured. After the sample, the intensity of the remaining light is measured with a photodiode or other light sensor, and the transmittance for this wavelength is then calculated. In short,

The sequence of events in a spectrophotometer is as follows:

•The light source shines through the sample.

•The sample absorbs light.

•The detector detects how much light the sample has absorbed.

• The detector then converts how much light the sample absorbed into a number

The numbers are either plotted straight away, or are transmitted to a

computer to be further manipulated (e.g. curve smoothing, baseline


Function of Different parts of Spectrophotometer

•Hollow cathode lamp

:Provide the analytical light line for the element of interest

*Provide a constant yet intense beam of that analytical line

•Nebulizer :Acquire liquid sample at a controlled rate

*Create a fine aerosol for introduction into the flame

*Mix the aerosol and fuel and oxidant thoroughly for introduction into the flame

Flame :

*Destroy any analyte ions and breakdown complexes

*Create atoms (the elemental form) of the element of interest Fe0,

Cu0, Zn0, etc.


*Isolate analytical lines’ photons passing through the flame

*Remove scattered light of other wavelengths from the flame .In

doing this, only a narrow spectral line impinges on the PMT.

•Photomultiplier Tube (PMT):

As the detector the PMT determines the intensity of photons of the analytical line

exiting the monochromator.

Dissolution tester:

The USP basket system contains six cylinder vessels with the sphericalbottom, which contain dissolution medium. 900ml of water was contain at each  glass vessels. There are six paddles for agitating which rotate at a predetermined rpm. A temperature of 37°C was used for dissolution study

  Here water was used for all dissolution study.10 ml of dissolution fluid was withdrawn at a predetermined time interval and water was added after the dissolution fluid withdrawn. The total duration of dissolution study was 60 mins.


A reagent is a substance consumed during a chemical reaction. Although they are involved in the reaction, are usually not referred to as reactants. Reagent is often used in a more specialized sense as “a test substance that is added to a system in order to bring about a reaction or to see whether a reaction occurs”In another use of the term, when purchasing or preparing chemicals, “reagent-grade” describes chemical substances of sufficient purity for use in chemical analysis, chemical reactions or physical testing. Purity standards for reagents are set by organizations such as ASTM International.

Reagents that are used in this assay:


-Ibuprofen tablet

Results of Physical Tests of Tablets:

Table:3.1.General Appearance:


CodeShapeCoatingcolorARound & flatyesWhiteB-1OvalyesPinkB-2OvalyesRedB-3Round & flatyesPinkB-4Round & flatyesWhiteB-5Round & flatyeswhite

Diameter Size and Shape:

Diameter of the tablets was measured by using “THE PTB 311 (511E)” Tablet testing instrument. Twenty tablets were taken from each batch to carry out the test. The average value and standard deviation were then calculated and was expressed in millimeter (mm) the results of the diameter size test for all the samples are summarized in Table





Each value is the average of ten tablets ± standard deviation

Uniformity of Weight:

 The Results for weight variation for all the samples are summarized below in Table



BRAND CODEAverage Weight of

Tablet Of each

batch (mg)Range of Weight

Variation Of Each

BatchRemarksA608-1.9% TO +2.9%PASSEDB-1614-4.4%TO +2.2%PASSEDB-2647.5_3.5% to  +2.7%PASSEDB-3643_4.1% to +5.1%PASSEDB-4603_2.8% to +3.8%PASSEDB-5597_3.8% to 2.8%PASSED

Thickness Test:

The average value and standard deviation were calculated and was expressed in millimeter (mm). The Results for thickness for all the samples are summarized below:



Brand code*



*Each value is the average of ten tablets ± standard dev


The average value and standard deviation were calculated and was expressed in kilopond (kp). The Results for thickness for all the samples are summarized below:







Friability Test:

 The Results for friability test for all the samples are summarized below:





 Disintegration Test:


Disintegrates are required to break up capsules, tablets and granules into primary powder particles in order to increase the surface area of the drug exposed to the gastrointestinal fluids. A tablet that fails to disintegrate or disintegrates slowly may result in incomplete absorption or a delay in the onset of  action of the drug. The compaction force used in tablet manufacture can affect disintegration: in general, the higher the force the slower the disintegration time. Even small changes in formulation may result in significant effects on dissolution and bioavailability The disintegration time of each sample from each brand was expressed in minutes (min). The Results for disintegration test for all the samples are summarized below:


Under Investigation


(MIN.)REMARKA1 Min. and 40 secPassedB-10 Min. and 41 secPassedB-23 Min. and 14 sec.PassedB-38 Min. and 08 sec.PassedB-41 Min. and 10 sec.PassedB-54 Min. and 10 secPassed

 Dissolution Profile:

Table 3.8.1. Sample A:

Time(min)AbsorbanceConc.(ug/ml)Conc.In 10 mlIn 900ml% release

 Table 3.8.2.Dissolution profile of sample A.

Time (min)% release

The above chart and figure gives the idea about the sequential release of the drug at those withdrawal times. The release of Ibuprofen at 60 minutes maintains thespecification according to British Pharmacopoeia

 Table3.9.1. Sample B-1:

Time(min)AbsorbanceConc.(ug/ml)Conc.In 10 mlIn 900ml% release

 Table3.9.2.Dissolution profile of Sample B-1

Time (min)% release

The above chart and figure gives the idea about the sequential release of the drug at those withdrawal times. The release of Ibuprofen at 60 minutes maintains the specification according to British Pharmacopoeia.

Table3.10.1. Sample B-2:

Time(min)AbsorbanceConc.(ug/ml)Conc.In 10 mlIn 900ml% release

 Table3.10.2.Dissolution profile of Sample B-2

Time (min)% release

 The above chart and figure gives the idea about the sequential release of the drug at those withdrawal times. The release of Ibuprofen at 60 minutes maintains the specification according to British Pharmacopoeia.

Table:3.11.1. Sample B-3:

Time(min)AbsorbanceConc.(ug/ml)Conc.In 10 mlIn 900ml% release

 Table:3.11.2.Dissolution profile of Sample B-3.

Time (min)% release

The above chart and figure gives the idea about the sequential release of the drug at those withdrawal times. The release of Ibuprofen at 60 minutes maintains the specification according to British Pharmacopoeia.

Table: 3.12.1. Sample B-4

Time(min)AbsorbanceConc.(ug/ml)Conc.In 10 mlIn 900ml% release

 Table: 3.12.2.Dissolution profile of Sample B-4.

Time (min)% release

The above chart and figure gives the idea about the sequential release of the drug at those withdrawal times. The release of Ibuprofen at 60 minutes maintains the specification according to British Pharmacopoeia.

Table: 3.13.1. Sample B-5:

Time(min)AbsorbanceConc.(ug/ml)Conc.In 10 mlIn 900ml% release

 Table:3.13.2.Dissolution profile of Sample B-5.

Time (min)% release

The above chart and figure gives the idea about the sequential release of the drug at those withdrawal times. The release of Ibuprofen at 60 minutes maintains the specification according to British Pharmacopoeia.

Table: 3.14: Comparison of time (minutes) for releasing of drug from various Sample.

Time (min)A% of

releaseB-1% of

ReleaseB-2% of

releaseB-3% of

releaseB-4% of

releaseB-5% of


From the above table and the graphical representation it can be concluded that the release profile of almost all the samples were complied with the specification.No major difference between their release properties.

Assay Of The Tablets:

 Assay of Ibuprofen in Tablets:

1. 5 tablets were weighted and average weight of 1 tablet was calculated.

2. The tablets were powdered in a mortar and taken a quantity of powder

equivalent to 0.26 gm of Ibuprofen in 25 ml ethanol and filter the solution.

3.The filter was titrated with 0.1N NaOH using Phenolphthalein as indicator until Red color is obtained.

Titration Table for: A


NoIbuprofen Solution (ml)Initial Burette Reading (ml)Final Burette Reading (ml)Volume Require d NaOH (ml)average Volume Of NaOH(ml)Amount of Ibuprofen in the sample0125010.510.510.2791.85%022510.520.810.3032520.830.810

 The amount of Ibuprofen in the sample was 91.85% Titration Table for: B -1


NoIbuprofen Solution (ml)Initial Burette Reading (ml)Final Burette Reading (ml)Volume Require d NaOH (ml)average Volume Of NaOH(ml)Amount of Ibuprofen in the sample012509.69.69.7387%02259.619.49.8032519.429.29.8

 The amount of Ibuprofen in the sample was 87% Titration Table for: B -2









Reading (ml)Volume


d NaOH



Of NaOH(ml)Amount


Ibuprofen in the sample012509.99.910.0790.05%02259.92010.103252030.210.2

 The amount of Ibuprofen in the sample was 90.05%

Titration Table for: B -3









Reading (ml)Volume


d NaOH



Of NaOH(ml)Amount


Ibuprofen in the sample0125010.810.810.0791.00%022510.820.910.1032520.930.59.6

 The amount of Ibuprofen in the sample was 91%

Titration Table for: B -4









Reading (ml)Volume


d NaOH



Of NaOH(ml)Amount


Ibuprofen in the sample0125011.1011.1010.3792.00%022511.1021.029.92032521.8231.0810.06

 The amount of Ibuprofen in the sample was 92.65%

 Titration Table for: B -5









Reading (ml)Volume


d NaOH



Of NaOH(ml)Amount


Ibuprofen in the sample0125010.510.510.2791.00%022510.520.810.3032520.830.810

 The amount of Ibuprofen in the sample was 91.85%



Ibuprofen tablet of five different brand names from s different National companies were taken with a product of multinational company.

 Then studied the release pattern of drug in dissolution  apparatus with in distilled water as dissolution media at a temperature of 37±5C̊at 50 RPM. For 60  minutes and withdraw 10 ml sample at 30, 45, 60, minutes. The present release of  Ibuprofen was plotted against time to get the zero order plots. Zero order plots show the reasonably straight line with high correlation coefficient value.


Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which relieves pain and swelling (inflammation). It is used to treat headaches, muscle aches, backaches, dental pain, menstrual cramps arthritis or athletic injuries. This medication is also used to reduce fever and to relieve minor aches and pain due to the common cold or flu. This drug works by blocking the enzyme in your body that makes prostaglandins. Decreasing prostaglandins helps to reduce pain, swelling, and fever.

 In the prospect of the world demand for “OTC” drugs are increasing day by day. Ibuprofen has huge demand for its anti-pyretic, analgesic effect and also for its anti-inflammatory non- steroidal activity.

During the time of my study I perform “in vitro” tests in distilled water media, to observe the Release of different sample with a 50 RPM. Our dissolution test was done by using USP, paddle method. Temperature was 37±5oc.Drug content within solution was determined by taking absorbance at Spectrophotometer at a λ max of 280 nm.

This Ibuprofen drug a manufacturing by both the national & multinational companies & both are involve in competition with each other.