The use of mucoadhesive polymers in ocular drug delivery

Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2005 Nov 3;57(11):1595-639. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2005.07.005. Epub 2005 Sep 28.


In the present update on mucoadhesive ocular dosage forms, the tremendous advances in the biochemistry of mucins, the development of new polymers, the use of drug complexes and other technological advances are discussed. This review focusses on recent literature regarding mucoadhesive liquid (viscous solutions, particulate systems), semi-solid (hydrogel, in situ gelling system) and solid dosage forms, with special attention to in vivo studies. Gel-forming minitablets and inserts made of thiomers show an interesting potential for future applications in the treatment of ocular diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dosage Forms
  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Excipients
  • Eye* / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Mucous Membrane*
  • Ocular Physiological Phenomena
  • Solutions
  • Tears / physiology


  • Dosage Forms
  • Excipients
  • Solutions