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Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is a major public health problem in Latin America. According to the World Health Organization, around 20 million people are infected and another 40 million are at risk of acquiring the disease. One of the drugs most frequently used for the treatment of Chagas disease is benznidazole (BZL). It is practically(More)
Albendazole is a benzimidazole derivative with proven efficacy against many parasites such as intestinal helminths. Toxocariasis is one of the important parasitic diseases in humans and animals caused by Toxocara canis. It is well known that T. canis larvae migrate in paratenic hosts, including humans where it may cause visceral larva migrans. Thus, the(More)
The aim of the current study was to design oral fast-release polymeric tablets of prednisone and to optimize the drug dissolution profile by modifying the carrier concentration. Solid dispersions were prepared by the solvent evaporation method at different drug:polymer ratios (wt/wt). The physical state and drug:carrier interactions were analyzed by X-ray(More)
Benznidazole (BZL) is one of the two therapeutic agents used for the treatment of Chagas' disease. However, the use of BZL in most pharmaceutical preparations and research experiments is still limited due to its low water solubility (0.4mg/mL). To overcome the dissolution rate-limiting step in oral absorption, chitosan microparticles prepared by the(More)
Oral administration has been the most usual and convenient employed route of drug delivery systems. Particularly, oral sustained-release systems for the delivery of drugs by a process of continuous swelling of the polymeric carrier have been investigated. Thus, the goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and(More)
The objective of the present paper was the development and the full characterization of antifungal films. Econazole nitrate (ECN) was loaded in a polymeric matrix formed by chitosan (CH) and carbopol 971NF (CB). Polyethylene glycol 400 and sorbitol were used as plasticizing agents. The mechanical properties of films were poorer when the drug was loaded,(More)
Hundred years after the discovery of Chagas' disease, there is a lack of effective treatment to control this neglected disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The transmission is primarily through vector-borne blood transfusion or during pregnancy, producing high mortality and morbidity among poor people in many countries of Latin America. In the(More)
Benznidazole (BZL) is the drug of choice for the treatment of Chagas' disease, a neglected parasitic infection. It is poorly soluble in water, which may have a direct impact into its bioavailability. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric BZL-cyclodextrins (CDs) complexes on the bioavailability of(More)
Encapsulation of albendazole, a class II compound, into polymeric microparticles based on chitosan-sodium lauryl sulfate was investigated as a strategy to improve drug dissolution and oral bioavailability. The microparticles were prepared by spray drying technique and further characterized by means of X-ray powder diffractometry, infrared spectroscopy and(More)