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Journal of Pharmaceutics
Volume 2013, Article ID 379750, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/379750
Research Article

Isolation and Evaluation of Mucilage of Adansonia digitata Linn as a Suspending Agent

1Hon.Shri Babanrao Pachpute Vichardhara Trust’s GOI, College of Pharmacy, Kashti, Tal-Shrigonda, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra 414701, India
2Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research, Pimpri, Pune, 411018, India

Received 30 April 2013; Revised 21 October 2013; Accepted 8 November 2013

Academic Editor: Susana Zacchino

Copyright © 2013 S. S. Deshmukh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Natural excipients can serve as alternative to synthetic products because of local accessibility, biodegradability, eco-friendly nature and cost effectiveness as compared to synthetic products. Therefore, it is a current need to explore natural excipients that can be used as an effective alternative excipient for the formulation of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Adansonia digitata (Malvaceae) has been traditionally used as febrifuge, antiasthmatic and also in the treatment of dysentery, smallpox, and measles. Reports have indicated that mucilage of the leaves of the plant is edible and nontoxic; hence, the present study is an attempt of isolation and evaluation of mucilage obtained from leaves of Adansonia digitata as suspending agent. Various physicochemical as well as suspending agent properties of mucilage were studied. Mucilage obtained from leaves has shown comparable results with sodium carboxy methyl cellulose.