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Keywords:

  • domperidone;
  • Fourier transform IR spectroscopy;
  • differential scanning calorimetry;
  • energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry;
  • X-ray powder diffraction;
  • solubility;
  • dissolution rate

This paper describes the structure and properties of the drug domperidone and a novel 1:1 domperidone succinate salt. The new salt is characterized by means of thermal, spectroscopic, microscopic and powder diffraction measurements. The crystal structures of the salt and, for the first time, of pure domperidone have been determined by means of single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In both structures, the piperidine ring of domperidone adopts the expected chair conformation, and supramolecular centrosymmetric R22(8) motifs are formed by N—H...O hydrogen bonds between chlorine-substituted oxobenzimidazolyl groups. Further N—H...O hydrogen bonds occur between non-substituted oxobenzimidazolyl groups and the resulting C(4) motifs originates hydrogen-bonded chains, extending along the crystallographic b axis. In the salt, a single N—H...O hydrogen bond forms between the protonated nitrogen of the piperidine ring and the carboxylic O atom of the succinate ion. Two alternative and mutually exclusive positions for the nonsubstituted oxobenzimidazolyl group have also been observed; this disorder makes the hydrogen-bonded chains originating from the bicyclic group polar. The dissolution behaviour of the salt in dosage form is compared with two reference commercial products. The salt shows an increased solubility, a characteristic that could be of great advantage from a pharmaceutical view point.