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FAST DISSOLVING TABLETS: A NEW ERA IN NOVEL DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

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Author(s): Bharti Nitan | Bhandari Neeraj | Sharma Pooja | Singh Kulwinder

Journal: International Research Journal of Pharmacy
ISSN 2230-8407

Volume: 3;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Fast disintegrating tablets (FDTs) | Superdisintegrants | Enhanced bioavailability | Patients compliance | Patented technology.

ABSTRACT
Fast dissolving tablets (FDTs) have received ever-increasing demand during the last decade and the field has become a rapidly growing area in the pharmaceutical industry. Fast dissolving tablets (FDTs) are those solid dosage forms when put on tongue, disintegrate or dissolve instantaneously, releasing the drug, within a few seconds without the need of water. Fast dissolving tablets (FDTs) aim for designing dosage forms, convenient to be manufactured and administered, free of side effects, offering immediate release and enhanced bioavailability, to achieve better patient compliance. Fast dissolving tablets have been formulated for pediatric, geriatric, and bedridden patients and for active patients who are busy and traveling and may not have access to water. Such formulations provide an opportunity for product life extension in the many elderly persons which have difficulty in taking conventional oral dosage form (viz., solutions, suspensions, tablets, and capsules) because of hand tremors and dysphagia. The current article is focused on ideal requirements, need for development of FDTs, challenges in formulation, suitability of drug candidates, superdisintegrants employed, various technologies developed for FDTs and evaluation methods.
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