Modified Extraction-Free Ion-Pair Methods for the Determination of Flunarizine Dihydrochloride in Bulk Drug, Tablets, and Human Urine
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Two simple and sensitive extraction-free spectrophotometric methods are described for the determination of flunarizine dihydrochloride. The methods are based on the ion-pair complex formation between the nitrogenous compound flunarizine (FNZ), converted from flunarizine dihydrochloride (FNH), and the acidic dye phenol red (PR), in which experimental variables were circumvented. The first method (method A) is based on the formation of a yellow-colored ion-pair complex (1:1 drug:dye) between FNZ and PR in chloroform, which is measured at 415 nm. In the second method (method B), the formed drug-dye ion-pair complex is treated with ethanolic potassium hydroxide in an ethanolic medium, and the resulting base form of the dye is measured at 580 nm. The stoichiometry of the formed ion-pair complex between the drug and dye (1:1) is determined by Job's continuous variations method, and the stability constant of the complex is also calculated. These methods quantify FNZ over the concentration ranges 5.0–70.0 in method A and 0.5–7.0 μg/mL in method B. The calculated molar absorptivities are 6.17 × 103 and 5.5 × 104 L/mol·cm–1 for method A and method B, respectively, with corresponding Sandell sensitivity values of 0.0655 and 0.0074 μg/cm2. The methods are applied to the determination of FNZ in pure drug and human urine.
Keywordsextraction-free ion-pair complex phenol red flunarizine pharmaceutical formulation human urine
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