Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for the simultaneous spectrophotometric determination of fluoxetine and sertraline in pharmaceutical formulations and biological fluid

Document Type: Research article


Azad University, North Tehran Branch


Simultaneous spectrophotometric estimation of Fluoxetine and Sertraline in tablets were performed using UV–Vis spectroscopic and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). Absorption spectra of two components were recorded in 200–300 (nm) wavelengths region with an interval of 1 nm. The calibration models were thoroughly evaluated at several concentration levels using the spectra of synthetic binary mixture (prepared using orthogonal design). Three layers feed-forward neural networks using the back-propagation algorithm (B.P) has been employed for building and testing models. Several parameters such as the number of neurons in the hidden layer, learning rate and the number of epochs were optimized.The Relative Standard Deviation (RSD) for each component in real sample was calculated as 1.06 and 1.33 for Fluoxetine and Sertraline, respectively. The results showed a very good agreement between true values and predicted concentration values. The proposed procedure is a simple, precise and convenient method for the determination of Fluoxetine and Sertraline in commercial tablets.


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