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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 295-302

Simultaneous Determination of Rofecoxib and Tizanidine by HPTLC

Uttam D. Pawar,1 Aruna V. Sulebhavikar,2 Abhijit V. Naik,1 Satish G. Pingale,1 and Kiran V. Mangaonkar1

1Department of Chemistry, Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science & Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai-400 056, India
2Department of Chemistry, K. J. Somaiya Senior College of Science and Commerce, Vidyanagar, Vidyavihar, Mumbai-400077, India

Received 14 December 2007; Accepted 10 February 2008

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An innovative high performance thin layer chromatography method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of rofecoxib and tizanidine from tablet dosage form. Rosiglitazone maleate was used as an internal standard. The separation was achieved using HPTLC plates (Merck #5548) precoated with silica gel 60F254 on aluminum sheets and a mobile phase comprising of toluene: ethyl acetate: methanol: triethyl amine in volume ratio of 6:3:0.5:0.1 (v/v/v/v), with chamber saturation of 15 min. The plate was developed up to 8 cm and air dried. The plate was then scanned and quantified at 235 nm. The linearity of rofecoxib and tizanidine were in the range of 3.75 µg/spot to 11.25 µg/spot and 0.30 µg/spot to 0.90 µg/spot respectively. The limit of detection for rofecoxib and tizanidine was found to be 45.00 ng/spot and 30.00 ng/spot respectively. The limit of quantification for rofecoxib and tizanidine was found to be 135.00 ng/spot and 90.00 ng/spot respectively. The percentage assay was found between the range of 99.58% to 103.21% for rofecoxib and 98.73% to 101.55% for tizanidine respectively, whereas recovery was found between 99.97% to 100.43% for rofecoxib and 100.00% to 101.00% for tizanidine by standard addition method. The proposed method is accurate, precise and rapid for the simultaneous determination of rofecoxib and tizanidine in dosage form