In situ gelling drug delivery systems for periodontal anaesthesia

University dissertation from Uppsala : Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis

Abstract: In this thesis local anaesthetic formulations based on PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymers (PEO and PPO being poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(propylene oxide), respectively) or nonionic cellulose ethers undergoing temperature- or dilution-induced thickening were investigated. The aim of the work was to develop formulations which can be easily administered to the periodontal pocket, stay at the application site, give a fast onset of anaesthesia and have a duration sufficient to perform periodontal scaling procedures. Emulsions, (mixed) micellar solutions and microemulsions fulfilling the requirements stated above were achieved by combining the active ingredients lidocaine and prilocaine with the nonionic block copolymers Lutrol® F127 and Lutrol® F68. The critical micellisation and gelation temperatures of the systems were found to be interconnected and influenced by the total polymer concentration and the polymer mixture composition, as well as the presence of cosolutes and pH. A low-viscous isotropic phase that turns into a high-viscous hexagonal phase as the water content increases was found by combining Lutrol® F68, water, a eutectic mixture of lidocaine and prilocaine and Akoline MCM. The system has a slower release rate compared to the microemulsion formulation which might make it suitable for indications where a longer duration is needed. Finally, a temperature-induced gelling system was achieved by adding lidocaine and prilocaine to mixtures of ethyl(hydroxyethyl)cellulose (EHEC) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) or myristoylcholine bromide systems at, or just below, the surfactant concentration found to give a maximum viscosity increase at room temperature. In particular, the myristoylcholine bromide system may be interesting considering its antibacterial properties and biodegradability.