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Claims for Patent: 6,528,091

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Claims for Patent: 6,528,091

Title: Controlled release formulation of divalproex sodium
Abstract:A controlled release tablet formulation which permits once daily dosing in the treatment of epilepsy comprises from about 50 weight percent to about 55 weight percent of an active ingredient selected from the group consisting of valproic acid, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester of valproic acid, divalproex sodium, and valpromide; from about 20 weight percent to about 40 weight percent hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; from about 5 weight percent to about 15 weight percent lactose, from about 4 weight percent to about 6 weight percent microcrystalline cellulose, and from about 1 weight percent to about 5 weight percent silicon dioxide having an average particle size ranging between about 1 micron and about 10 microns; all weight percentages based upon the total weight of the tablet dosage form. Also disclosed are pre-tableting granular formulations, methods of making the granular formulations and tablets, and a method of treating epilepsy employing the controlled release tablet formulations of the invention.
Inventor(s): Qiu; Yihong (Gurnee, IL), Poska; Paul Richard (Mundelein, IL), Cheskin; Howard S. (Glencoe, IL), Bollinger; J. Daniel (Libertyville, IL), Engh; Robert K. (Kenosha, WI)
Assignee: Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Application Number:10/143,559
Patent Claims: 1. A method of treating epilepsy comprising administering once daily to a patient in need of such treatment a controlled release tablet dosage form comprising a daily therapeutic dose of divalproex sodium from about 50 to 55 weight percent in a hydrophilic matrix comprising: a) from about 20 weight percent to about 40 weight percent hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; b) from about 5 weight percent to about 15 weight percent lactose; c) from about 4 weight percent to about 6 weight percent microcrystalline cellulose; and d) from about 1 to about 5 weight percent silicon dioxide having an average particle size ranging between about 1 micron and about 10 microns; all weight percentages based upon the total weight of the tablet dosage form.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein said silicon dioxide has an average particle size
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