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Claims for Patent: 6,419,958

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Claims for Patent: 6,419,958

Title: Extended release formulation of venlafaxine hydrochloride
Abstract:This invention relates to a 24 hour extended release dosage formulation and unit dosage form thereof of venlafaxine hydrochloride, an antidepressant, which provides better control of blood plasma levels than conventional tablet formulations which must be administered two or more times a day and further provides a lower incidence of nausea and vomiting than the conventional tablets. More particularly, the invention comprises an extended release formulation of venlafaxine hydrochloride comprising a therapeutically effective amount of venlafaxine hydrochloride in spheroids comprised of venlafaxine hydrochloride, microcrystalline cellulose and, optionally, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose coated with a mixture of ethyl cellulose and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose.
Inventor(s): Sherman; Deborah M. (Plattsburgh, NY), Clark; John C. (Peru, NY), Lamer; John U. (St. Albans, VT), White; Steven A. (Champlain, NY)
Assignee: Wyeth (Madison, NJ)
Application Number:09/884,412
Patent Claims: 1. A method for providing a therapeutic blood plasma concentration of venlafaxine over a twenty-four hour period with diminished incidence of nausea and emesis which comprises administering orally to a patient in need thereof, an extended release formulation that a peak blood plasma level of venlafaxine in from about 4 to about 8 hours, said formulation containing venlafaxine hydrochloride as the active ingredient.

2. A method for eliminating the troughs and peaks of drug concentration in a patient's blood plasma attending the therapeutic metabolism of plural daily doses of venlafaxine hydrochloride which comprises administering orally to a patient in need thereof, extended release formulation that provides a peak blood plasma level of venlafaxine in from about 4 to about 8 hours, said formulation containing venlafaxine hydrochloride as the active ingredient.

3. A method for providing a therapeutic drug plasma concentration of venlafaxine over a twenty-four hour period with diminished incidence of nausea and emesis which comprises administering orally to a patient in need thereof, an extended release formulation that provides a peak blood plasma level of venlafaxine in from about 5 to about 8 hours, said formulation containing venlafaxine hydrochloride as the active ingredient.

4. A method for providing a therapeutic drug plasma concentration of venlafaxine over a twenty-four hour period with diminished incidence of nausea and emesis which comprises administering orally to a patient in need thereof, an extended release formulation that provides a peak blood plasma level of venlafaxine in about 6 hours, said formulation containing venlafaxine hydrochloride as the active ingredient.

5. A method for eliminating the troughs and peaks of drug concentration in a patient's blood plasma attending the therapeutic metabolism of plural daily doses of venlafaxine hydrochloride which comprises administering orally to a patient in need thereof, an extended release formulation that provides a peak blood plasma level of venlafaxine in from about 5 to about 8 hours, said formulation containing venlafaxine hydrochloride as the active ingredient.

6. A method for eliminating the troughs and peaks of drug concentration in a patient's blood plasma attending the therapeutic metabolism of plural daily doses of venlafaxine hydrochloride which comprises administering orally to a patient in need thereof, an extended release formulation that provides a peak blood plasma level of venlafaxine in about 6 hours, said formulation containing venlafaxine hydrochloride as the active ingredient.
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