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Pharm Acta Helv. 1996 Aug;71(3):205-12.

Percutaneous absorption of ketoprofen. I. In vitro release and percutaneous absorption of ketoprofen from different ointment bases.

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Hacettepe University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Ankara, Turkey.


Ketoprofen (KP) is a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The oral administration of KP can cause gastric irritation and renal adverse effects. Topical application of the drug can bypass gastrointestinal disturbances and provide relatively consistent drug levels at the site of action. Since the efficacy of an ointment depends on the type of ointment base and the concentration of the drug, four different bases (white petrolatum, cold cream, hydrophilic ointment and Carbopol 940 gel) were used at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10% concentrations of KP to evaluate the effect of ointment base and concentration. The general rank order of the drug release was found to be: Carbopol gel > hydrophilic ointment > cold cream > white petrolatum. There was a positive correlation between the concentration of KP and release rate for all bases except Carbopol gel. The in vivo percutaneous absorption of KP from different ointment bases at 3% concentration was studied by carrageenan-induced paw edema in mice. The rank order of the percent edema inhibition was as follows: Carbopol gel > or = hydrophilic ointment > cold cream > white petrolatum. There was a good correlation between the in vitro and in vivo results.

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