Proliposomes were used to improve the solubility and oral bioavailability of nifedipine. Nifedipine proliposomes were prepared by methanol injection-spray drying method. The response surface method was used to optimize formulation to enhance the encapsulation efficiency (EE%) of nifedipine. The particle size of nifedipine proliposomes after rehydration was 114 nm. Surface morphology of nifedipine proliposomes was observed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and interaction of formulation ingredients was assessed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The solubility of nifedipine is improved 24.8 times after forming proliposomes. In vitro release experiment, nifedipine proliposomes had a control release effect, especially in simulated gastric fluid. In vivo, nifedipine proliposomes significantly improved the bioavailability of nifedipine. The area under the concentration-time curve (AUC0–∞
) of nifedipine proliposomes was about 10 times than nifedipine after oral administration. The elimination half-life (T1/2β
) of nifedipine was increased from 1.6 h to 6.6 h. In conclusion, proliposomes was a promising system to deliver nifedipine through oral route and warranted further investigation.
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