• Surendran Vijayaraj Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Anoop Singh Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, NIMS Institute of Pharmacy, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Kokilam Perumal Sampathkumar Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India


Objective: Famotidine an H2 receptor antagonist is the drug of choice to treat ulcers in stomach (gastric and duodenal), erosive esophagitis (heartburn or acid indigestion) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Drug molecules with limited aqueous solubility are becoming very common in the research and development portfolios of discovery focused pharmaceutical companies. Prodrugs are an established concept to overcome barriers like poor solubility to drug’s usefulness. Polar Amino acids which are biocompatible and easily ionisable were chosen as promoiety for the formation of prodrugs. Aqueous solubility is an important parameter to enhance the bioavailability of the drug. Hence the present study aims to enhance aqueous solubility and in turn bioavailability by prodrug approaches.

Methods: Synthesis of novel amino acid prodrug of famotidine was done by microwave irradiation technique. The synthesized amino acid prodrug was characterized by IR, NMR, Mass and DSC.

Results: In vitro chemical hydrolysis profiles revealed that the synthesized amino acid derivative of famotidine was chemically stable in Simulated Gastric fluid pH 1.2 and Simulated Intestinal Fluid pH 7.4. Decrease in Log P value,-0.39 of amino acid prodrug compared to-0.60 of famotidine was observed.

Conclusion: Hence a novel amino acid prodrug of famotidine with better solubility and bioavailability was synthesized and characterized.


Keywords: Famotidine, Amino acid prodrug, Characterization, Aqueous solubility


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Vijayaraj, S., A. Singh, and K. P. Sampathkumar. “SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NOVEL AMINO ACID PRODRUG OF FAMOTIDINE”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 7, no. 11, Sept. 2015, pp. 403-8,
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