Controlled release is a drug delivery mechanism that allows for the gradual release of a drug into the body over a specific period of time. This is achieved through various technologies and formulations that can modulate the release of the drug to achieve a desired therapeutic effect. Controlled release can help to improve the efficacy, safety, and patient compliance of a drug by reducing the frequency of dosing and minimizing side effects.
Frequently asked questions about Controlled Release (CR):
How does the controlled release mechanism work?
CR medications release the active ingredient(s) at a specific rate to keep constant medication levels in your body for a specific time period. This allows for more precise control of medication levels after taking it and fewer doses needed throughout the day.
What are the advantages of using a controlled release drug over a traditional immediate release drug?
It reduces the pill burden as patients take medications less frequently. It also allows better symptom and disease management and reduces side effects.
How long does the controlled release last?
It is slowly released in the body for a certain amount of time as per the drug development design.
Are there any specific conditions or patient populations for which the controlled release drug is particularly effective?
There is no specific patient population for controlled release drugs use, in general controlled release drugs benefit all in the same way.
How should the controlled release drug be stored and administered?
Every manufacturing site that handles controlled substances must be registered with the DEA and complete all safety controls and regulations.