A quantitative densitometric thin-layer chromatographic method for determination of nefopam hydrochloride in pharmaceutical preparations has been established and validated. Nefopam from the formulations was separated and identified on silica gel 6 F254 TLC plates with chloroform-methanol-glacial acetic acid (9: 2: .1, v/v/v) as mobile phase. Densitometric quantification was performed at absorbance maximum 266 nm. The method was validated for linearity, sensitivity, precision and recovery in accordance with ICH guidelines. The presented method is selective and specific with potential application in pharmaceutical analysis. Nefopam hydrochloride was subjected to acidic and alkaline hydrolysis at different temperatures. As the method could effectively separate the drug from its degradation products, it can be employed as a stability indicating one.
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