What Does “Sustained Release” Mean?
Sustained-release formulations are developed in the nutrient and pharmaceutical industries to slowly deliver the active compound over a longer period of time.
There is an initial release of the nutrients or drug to provide a therapeutic dosage soon after administration, then a gradual release over an extended period of time.
Why Is It Important?
Sustained Release mechanisms have the advantages of:
- being taken less frequently,
- potentially decrease the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs,
- provide prolonged circulation of active compounds during times a repeated dosage would be difficult (ie: nighttime), and
- “protecting” the active compound from rapid absorption and/or breakdown to allow longer time in circulation to potentially reach target areas.
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