Thermal-responsive hydrogels for sublingual administration of Ondansetron™

José Filipe Almeida, Paula Ferreira, Patricia Alves, António Lopes, Maria H. Gil

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Thermo-sensitive hydrogels were prepared by grafting N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) onto chitosan and dextran. The grafting reactions were performed during variable periods of time and different films were obtained. To prepare a drug-delivery system for sublingual delivery of Ondansetron™, this drug was entrapped in the films. Elemental analysis results showed that the amount of poly(NIPAAm) in the final films increased with reaction time, influencing their lower critical solution temperature and swelling behavior. Also, drug release profile depended on grafting extension as well as on the temperature, as the release of Ondansetron™ presented a more sustained-like profile at physiologic temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-775
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2018


  • Chitosan
  • dextran
  • drug delivery
  • N-isopropylacrylamide
  • responsive hydrogel


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