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A new spectrophotometric method for the determination of methyldopa

A new spectrophotometric method for the determination of methyldopa

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Title: A new spectrophotometric method for the determination of methyldopa
Author: Gadkariem, E.A.; Ibrahim, K.E.E.; Kamil, N.A.A.
Abstract: A new, simple and low cost spectrophotometric method for the determination of methyldopa in pharmaceutical preparations was developed. The method was based on the coupling of methyldopa with 2,6-dichloroquinone-4-chlorimide (DCQ). The absorbance maximum (kmax) of the resulted colored product was at 400 nm. Different buffers were used to determine the optimal pH for the reaction. About 1% w/v acetate buffer with pH 8.0 gave the optimal pH required for the reaction. Of the different solvents tried, water and ethanol were found to be the most suitable solvents. Beer’s law was obeyed in concentration range of 4–20 lg/ml methyldopa. The correlation coefficient was found to be (r = 0.9975). The limit of detection and limit of quantification were 1.1 lg/ml and 3.21 lg/ml, respectively. The reaction ratio between methyldopa and DCQ was studied and found to be 1:3. The work included the study of the possible interference of hydrochlorothiazide found in combination with methyldopa tablets. The method was validated and results obtained for the assay of two different brands of methyldopa tablets were compared with the BP method (colorimetric). The repeatability and reproducibility of the developed method were evaluated and the obtained results quoted. The derivative formed as a result of the reaction of methyldopa with DCQ was isolated and its possible mechanistic pathway was suggested.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/23943


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